Monday, March 13, 2017

"Our Way"

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the LORD.  For 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 ways and thoughts are higher than ours. Our way would be for Him to come and "heal our sick brother Lazarus".  (John 11)  His way was to wait and then raise Lazarus from the dead.  When we compare our way to God's way, our way seems better.  The best way for the Lord to have done this matter with Lazarus would have been for Him to come and heal him.  The truly best thing (though it was the hardest on them) was for Him to wait and give them an even greater miracle-- raise him from the dead.
It is like that with all things.  It was like that with Joseph.  Joseph's way would have been for the Lord to deliver him out of the pit.  But God waited until he was in the prison.  As a result, the heart of Pharaoh was in the right position for Joseph to have been placed in the highest place of authority, next to him, in Egypt.  (It was harder for Joseph to have waited and gone through those long years of trials, but there was a greater glory through it.) 
We have a way and God has a way.  We have our own thoughts about a matter and God has His thoughts.  We think it should be done one way and He knows it should be done another.  We think our way is the best way, but His way is the perfect way.

Have you ever dealt with children, especially the little ones, who think they 'know it all"?  They know more than you know?  They think they are smarter than you?  Well, we do the Lord the same way.  We are not wiser, smarter, have more understanding, have the better or best way, He does.  We need to learn to trust Him even when He isn't doing things "our way".  We need to remember, His way is perfect because He is God-- All-Knowing and All-Wise.  His way of doing things may not be easier on us than our way.  It may be harder.  It may involve more patience, grace, waiting, trials, but in the end it truly does work together for our good.  "Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience." (James 1:3).  "That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:7).
Have a great day.  God's way is so much better than our way. 

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