10. “God works in mysterious ways”
There is truth to this idea found in scripture: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” (Isaiah 55:8) But this phrase can sometimes serve as an excuse that translates to, “I have no idea what God is doing, and I don’t want to find out.” It’s easy to make God the bad guy and simply announce that you don’t understand His ways.
Instead: Consider whether this phrase would really be helpful. To someone who is already confused by God in the first place, they may need to hear something different, such as God’s steadfast love and faithfulness.
Bottom line: Think before you speak. While you may intend to provide comfort, hope, and encouragement to an unbeliever with these phrases, sometimes it’s better to think of something else to say, or in some cases, say nothing at all.
Michelle S. Lazurek is an award-winning author, speaker, pastor's wife and mother. Winner of the Golden Scroll Children's Book of the Year and the Enduring Light Silver Medal, she is a member of the Christian Author's Network and the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Her first book with Leafwood Publishers, An Invitation to the Table, came out September 2016. She also teaches at various writers' workshops, such as the Montrose Christian Writers conference. She and her husband live in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, with their two children, Caleb and Leah. For more information, please visit her website at michellelazurek.com.
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