Have you ever wondered why God allowed angels to rebel and Satan to lead the human race into sin and bring death to this world? Why does He allow wars – terrorism - cancer – heart attacks -tornados – droughts and floods? Why doesn’t He just keep all those painful things from happening? Most likely, behind such questions, there is the implication that we would have done it differently. Sometimes we may even have gotten angry with God over the painful things He has allowed to come into our lives. We will never in this life fully understand why God has allowed some of these things to happen to us. But we know from His Word that He is our loving, all-knowing – almighty - righteous Heavenly Father who knows the end from the beginning, and everything is ultimately under His control to bring about His perfect and holy plan. We will spend eternity worshiping and praising Him for His thoughts and ways. For they are higher than our thoughts and ways by as much as the heavens are higher than the earth.(a)
GOD’S THOUGHTS AND WAYS ARE NOT OUR THOUGHTS AND WAYS.
Because our knowledge is limited and we are often self-centered, we want everything to suit us. We don’t want - trouble – opposition – weakness – hard times - failure – pain etc., etc. In our minds that sort of stuff is highly undesirable. On the other hand, we may think a life that is trouble free with no opposition – without pain - would always be the best for us. A life filled with strength and vitality – “good times” without end – success at everything we put our hands to - that would be the way to live!! Our Heavenly Father has different thoughts about that. He knows if we would always get what we wanted, we would be spoiled rotten and end up destroying ourselves. So He allows, or even at times, sends trouble into the lives of His children to bring about good that couldn’t happen in any other way. James says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”(b)
AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, SO ARE HIS THOUGHTS AND WAYS HIGHER THAN OUR THOUGHTS AND WAYS. How high is that? How high are the heavens above the earth? This picture is an image of the galaxy M100 (100th object in the Messier Catalog) taken by the Hubble Space Telescope on 31 December 1993. M100 is a spiral galaxy like our own, the Milky Way, and is tens of millions of light years away. A light year is the distance a ray of light travels in one year, which is about 6,000,000,000,000 (6 trillion) miles. And how far does space go beyond the “galaxy M100”? Who, beside God, knows if it ever ends?? The point is, His thoughts and ways are infinitely higher than ours. We can utterly entrust our life, body and soul, into His care for time and eternity!!! He knows what’s best for us.
Father, thank you that your thoughts and ways are infinitely better than ours.
We choose to trust you without reservation.
We are so blessed to be in your care!
(a) Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV, (b) James 1:2-4 NLT,
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