The Ways of God Are Not Our Ways
It’s a truth little acknowledged that the more we think we know, the further we are from reality. When crises bloom all around us, it’s tempting to go in search of the reason behind it all. We think that if we could just know WHY this was happening, then we could have some control in the midst of mayhem. As Christians, we especially want to be able to say what the ways of God look like—and what they don’t.
“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 NKJV
Trying to make the ways of God fit in a nice, reasonable, human-sized box is a fool’s errand. But we have all been fools in this way. There are few greater stumbling blocks in surrendering to our sovereign God than the mystery of His ways. If you’ve never been shocked by the move of God when reading the Old Testament or puzzled by Jesus’ actions in the New, then you’re either delusional or unable to comprehend what you’ve read. God is terrifyingly inexplicable…and He is Love. How can we square that circle? We can’t.
Seeking God About the Ways of God
There is only one way to know the meaning behind a sovereign move of God: ask Him. Too many of us spend most of our lives trying to decipher the meaning behind God’s ways instead of going to the Source. God may not answer every question we ask of Him, but He will absolutely respond to us when we seek Him. It is in these daily interactions with God that relationship is born and fellowship is possible. Every moment that we spend talking to Him instead of about Him is rewarded with the intimacy that we were born needing. And the deeper that intimacy grows, the less we will struggle with the mystery of His ways. And the more we will simply love Him.
The world we live in is becoming more tumultuous by the day, and the ways of God will increase in strangeness to a heart grown cold. The temptation to match the world in volume and intensity is only going to increase. But the safety of believers is found in being still, knowing that our God is sovereign, and listening for His voice. We will only love His ways when we love Him. And we will only love God when we stop trying to figure Him out and start seeking Him with all we have.
But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Deuteronomy 4:29 NKJV