“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor 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

Rarely does God do something exactly as we think He will. Our problem is that we try to second-guess God, saying, “Oh, now I know what God is planning to do!” Moses experienced this as he learned how God was going to deliver the Hebrews out of Egypt. God told him He would harden Pharaoh’s heart. Yet, the result was not what Moses anticipated. Rather than allowing the Hebrews to leave, Pharaoh increased their hardship. Rather than becoming a hero among the Hebrews, Moses was despised by them for bringing greater suffering. Moses returned to the Lord and asked, “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me?” (Exod. 5:22). Much of the frustration we experience as Christians has nothing to do with what God does or doesn’t do. It has everything to do, rather, with the false assumptions we make about how we think God will and should act.

Have you ever done the will of God and then things seemed to become worse? Moses completely misunderstood what the results of His obedience to God would be. When things did not turn out as he anticipated, Moses became discouraged. God had told Moses what to do, but He had not told Moses what the consequences would be.

It is foolish to attempt to do God’s work using your own “common sense.”  God does not eliminate your common sense, He consecrates it. He gives you His wisdom so you can understand His ways.

As you look back on God’s activity in your life, you will recognize the supreme wisdom in how He has led you. As you look forward to what God may do, be careful you do not try to predict what He will do next. You may find yourself completely off the mark.

  1. November 12

    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. His promises are true every day. They are new every morning, new every morning, great is thy faithfulness Oh Lord, Great is thy faithfulness Oh Lord.

    I have never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. (Praise God).

    Keep up your good work

  2. March 12

    This is a good reminder for me. We have seen God do things one way and expect Him to react to our trials in the exact same way only to be disappointed. That is why we need to wait on Him and depend on His wisdom. He is sovereign and we are not.

  3. April 16

    Yes, I have done things in the will of GOD, and things did become worse.

    When these things became worse, I grew weary, confused, and became very discouraged and depressed in my Spirit.

    Yes, GOD’S ways are not at all like our little human ways. GOD is the Potter, and we are the clay.

    If you think about it in a spiritually mature way, GOD probably allows the suffering because we live in a sinful world, and we have FREE will to choose.

    However , GOD wants us to grow up stronger in our Faith walk with
    HIM. This will enable us to become Better people in the world, and not bitter people.

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