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God Ways are Higher Than My Ways
At times I think I know what’s best. If only God would do this and that everything would be perfect. But the truth is I don’t see things as God does. (1 Cor. 13:12) As I look at the circumstances before me, I see only one piece of the puzzle, while God see’s the whole. Just as I know what is best for my three year old, I know God know what is best for me. and just as my thoughts and ways are so much higher than my little girl, God's thoughts and ways are so much higher than mine.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “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
I love this about God because it means He can work things to good in ways I could never dream of, and can make a way when none even exists!
God Does Not Withhold Good
While trials are not good in an of themselves, God is able to bring out incredible blessings from them, we never would have experienced had not God allowed us to go through the trial in the first place. Psalm 84:11, a verse I go to whenever I fail to see the good in a trial, promises:
For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
No good thing does God withhold from those whose walk is blameless. The second we trusted in Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior He made us blameless. (Psalm 103:12) Every sin past, present and future has been paid and full by Jesus. So in God’s eyes, we are blameless. (Romans 8:1) Therefore, God will never withhold good from us. Some trials may lead us to believe differently, but as our Heavenly Father who loves to give good gifts to His children (Matthew 7:11; James 1:17), God will not withhold any good from us. If it’s good, God will give it to us. If it’s not, He won’t. Again, God’s thoughts and ways are higher than ours. He knows the outcome of something before it comes to pass. Though we may see being delivered from some trial as a good thing, only God knows when delivering us from a trial will be for our best good. God will not remove a trial until He has exhausted every bit of good out of it. When nothing else good can come out of it, only then would God remove it. To remove a trial before that point, when the greater good has not fully been exhausted would be to withhold good from us, and that is contrary to who God is. As someone once said, “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.”
God Is Working All Things To Good
Just as the Lord hems us in behind and before (Psalm 139:5) the Lord goes behind us and before us by first not withholding any good from us (Psalm 84:11) and then working all things in our life to good. (Romans 8:28) God is actively working every single circumstance to good in our life. We can be confident that He who started the work will be faithful to complete it in us. (Philippians 1:6) For me, this is why writing down the good things the Lord has done in my life, and is doing in my life is so important. When I am going through something that looks like not good whatsoever could come out of it, God miraculously brings out good. However, when I’m in the storm, it’s easy for me to be like Peter distracted by the wind and the waves surrounding me. (Matthew 14:29-31) This is when re-reading the ways the Lord has worked my circumstances to good comes in handy. If you don’t already keep a journal of the good things the Lord is doing in your life I highly recommend it. Not only will you have a blessed reminder when trials leave you feeling discouraged, your journal will be a beautiful legacy of goodness of God in your life.
God Will Deliver Me
One of my least favorite promises of Jesus is “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33) However, I breathe a sigh of relief and rejoice that God also promises deliverance. And deliverance from what? Deliverance from my sins for sure. And I thank God for that. However, God’s delivering work in our life does not stop there. His deliverance covers us both now and for eternity. One of my favorite passages is Psalm 34:17-19. These three verses are packed with blessings and the promise of God’s deliverance for whatever we might face.
Not one trial you face, not one problem will you have to endure forever. (Psalm 54:7) Every single trial you face comes with definite end date. God will deliver you from each and every problem you face. You can bank on it.The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all.
For these reasons, I can count it all joy when I face trials of various kinds. My suffering isn’t wasted. God is working all of it to my good, and He doesn’t waste one bit of it. Considering all that God is doing in the midst of the trials, and all He promises to do, I may not know the answer to why is God allowing this? But I do know what He doing about it, and that brings me great comfort and joy!
I want to leave you with this song How Can I Keep From Singing by Chris Tomlin. No matter how discouraged I may feel at the time, this song always picks me up, drives away my discouragement, and gets me singing! Enjoy!
Question for you: Which of the verses above minister to you most in your life?
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