Saturday, June 23, 2012

Weekend Worship—For God's Ways are Not Our Ways


"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD.
Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)

Have you ever wished you understood God completely—understood why He allowed things to happen? I have and I’ve had some pretty uncomfortable conversations with non-believers about that subject. It’s hard to answer why a perfect, loving God would let evil proliferate in our world.

As believers, we know the Biblical answer—because man is sinful and God allowed us freewill. Translating that into actual application when someone is hurting is difficult at best. 

But I have come to an understanding that allows me peace, in spite of all the incomprehensible things in this world. That’s what this verse is all about. God has a bigger perspective than I can even imagine. And I’ve come to be so thankful He does. Because, I have to tell you, if my God was small enough for me to understand and anticipate, I don’t think He’d be large enough to worship. I’m blessed, time after time, by His timeless viewpoint and by the fact that I am not in charge.

My personal challenge for this week is to let go of needing to know why and instead, learning to rest in Who.

6 comments:

  1. You are so right. Thank you, Edie, for this beautiful moment of worship.

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  2. Good morning, Edie! Thank you for helping me start my week off right--focusing on the right thing!

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  3. Barbara ParentiniJune 24, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Thank you for these encouraging words, Edie. So profound. Blessings.

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  4. It is indeed a challenge to let go of the "knowing" -- thank you for leading the way, Edie.

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  5. This was a great way to end my day...and give me something to chew on during the night.

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  6. Aren't you thankful God's thoughts and ways are not only like ours, they're even higher than ours? What does this mean? God is SO able to accomplish SO much more than we could ever imagine...like healing when hope is gone, providing when the source is dried up, and loving those who daily choose to sin and fall short of God's holiness! God allows obstacles so that He can turn them into opportunities! AMEN?

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