Devotional: ‘God’s Ways are Higher Than Our Ways’

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Life can sometimes be very confusing, even for the believer. Things happen to us that we do not understand. Therefore, if we’re not careful, we can become guilty of accusing God of doing what is wrong. Job came very close to this. During his time of great suffering Job said, “Therefore I will not refrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit; I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” (Job 7:11) Job could not understand why these terrible events were happening to him. His friends told him that it was because of some sin in his life, yet Job knew of no such sin. Therefore, because of the ‘anguish in his soul’ he ‘complained in bitterness.’

God sometimes does things that we cannot understand. He allows things to happen to us that do not make sense. Yet, this does not mean that God is wrong in what He does, only that we lack the ability to understand. We read from the book of Isaiah,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

God’s thoughts are much bigger and higher than our thoughts. His ways are much higher than our ways. God sees from eternity past into eternity future, whereas we see only today. The Bible also teaches us God is always working according to His divine plan. We read from the book of Ephesians – “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.” (Ephesians 1:11)Notice that scripture says that God has a ‘will.’ God’s will can be defined as what He desires and what pleases Him. God’s will can also be defined as what He has determined to be done. Unlike the plans you and I make, God’s ways are always certain. He not only knows what is best, He is committed to seeing that it gets done.

What is God’s will for our lives? We read from the book of Jeremiah, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Though the events of today may not seem good at the moment, the Bible says that ultimately behind everything God does is His eternal goodness.

Therefore, during times of uncertainty, we should turn our lives over to God and allow Him to do what is best. Doing so will help give us peace. I close with these words of instruction from Paul,

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

I pray that today’s study has been a blessing to you. God bless you my brethren.

 

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