4. His Ways Are Not Our Ways
“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)
Is it difficult to trust that God knows best? How many of us, if we’re completely honest, have thought that if we were God we would do things differently?
The only way we can even begin to comprehend the Lord’s ways is to liken them to parenting. Often, parents make decisions for their children that they do not like or understand. Children then retaliate with why they think it’s unfair or wrong. But because parents love their children and only want what is best for them, they stand firm on their decisions even when it doesn’t make sense to the child.
Many of life’s experiences will only be explained once we get to heaven—if they are explained at all! In the meantime, it’s up to us to keep the faith, even when we don’t know why God does things the way He does.
As this writer states, “Faith is not confidence that something will happen or even hope that it will happen. It is pure and simple trust that God knows what is best, even when it comes to our own healing.”
My friend, God does know what is best for each of us, even when it comes to healing. Please don’t allow your limited view to diminish your faith in the One who heals. Keep the words of the woman in Mark chapter five as your prayer of faith. “If I only touch His cloak, I will be healed.” Then, trust your sovereign God for the outcome.
Jennifer Waddle considers herself a Kansas girl, married to a Colorado hunk, with a heart to encourage women everywhere. She is the author of several books, including Prayer WORRIER: Turning Every Worry into Powerful Prayer, and is a regular contributor for LifeWay, Crosswalk, Abide, and Christians Care International. Jennifer’s online ministry is EncouragementMama.com where you can find her books and sign up for her weekly post, Discouragement Doesn’t Win. She resides with her family near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—her favorite place on earth.
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