God’s Ways Are Not Our Ways

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

God’s ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. Those words from the book of Isaiah are often spoken to explain why our plans are delayed, or why what we thought would happen doesn’t. Perhaps you’ve said them yourself? I know I have.

We make plans expecting them to come out the way we intend; only they don’t.

That dream job doesn’t materialize. The great boss and co-workers don’t show up. Or we lose our job and struggle to start all over again.

We expect the child we carry to be perfect, but she is born with a disability instead. Or maybe he rebels, shuts us out of his life, or becomes involved in destructive behaviors that lead to an early death. Our own bodies become frail and turn against us and we can no longer function as we once did.

Natural disasters take away our homes or our livelihood. Our investments don’t pan out. Those dreams we’ve held onto for so long evaporate.

The people closest to us abandon us at our point of deepest need, and we wonder what happened to all our grand plans.

It doesn’t surprise God when life doesn’t turn out the way we thought it would because God’s ways are not our ways, and his thoughts are not our thoughts.

Oftentimes when we look back on our life, we find God’s ways and thoughts were much better than ours.

I know in my life I’ve planned, wished and hoped for things that didn’t come to pass, and looking back, I can honestly say, “Thank you, Jesus” they didn’t.

Of course, while going through those times, I didn’t feel that way. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, is it not?

Are there any incidences in your life where you wished for one thing and were grateful it didn’t happen?

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Look for the Lord while He may be found. Call upon Him while He is near. Let the sinful turn from his way, and the one who does not know God turn from his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have loving-pity on him. Let him turn to our God, for He will for sure forgive all his sins. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and My ways are not your 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 55:6-9 (NLV)

I wish you well.


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