Not My Ways

Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares 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.

As I read this in my devotional time today, it really hits home with me.  In my life I’ve lost a lot of things.  My childhood home was burned down when I was 19 years old.  I lost everything that I had ever owned.  Our next home was foreclosed on when I was 22 years old.  I wrecked two cars in our first year of living in Atlanta  – both were totaled.  I lost my job  with 2 kids and a wife to provide for.  We will have to move in a few months.  Not exactly the way I had planned life to go!

Everyone has stories like this.  I know people who have lost babies that were only days old.  I know people who have lost jobs multiple times in their life.  I know a sweet couple that buried their teenage son a year ago.   I know wonderful people who started amazing companies that went bankrupt.  All of those people jobless.

We should comfort each other.  We should be ‘burden bearers’.  No one should walk through losses without other believers lifting them up and telling them to keep going.  As believers we can bring love, hope, money, opportunity, work, and food.  We are called to love each other as we love ourselves.  I think it goes doubly for these times.

We can do those things, but we can’t explain what God is doing.  People have asked, “What is God teaching you?”  I can tell them a few things, but I can’t explain why things happen the way they do.  His ways are not my ways.  I can’t understand it.  Trying to make sense of it all is more frustrating than fruitful.

But I know that He is good.  I know that He is faithful.  I know that He is trustworthy.  I know He is a provider.  I know He keeps promises.

I trust Him and follow the path He has set out before me today.  He is in control and I am not.  Not even a little.


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