“But why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not do the things which I say?” ~Luke 6:46
If we really want to get connected and stay connected to God, we had better start taking His word much more seriously. The above verse is a direct quote from Jesus Himself! He continues in the following verses and explains that if we do as He tells us our life will be solid, like a house built on a solid rock foundation. If we obey His word, when problems come we will stay strong and not fall apart, but if we don't obey, we will crumble!
“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.” ~2 Peter 1:2
God knows we are not only stubborn but corrupted by the ways of this sin-filled world. He is doing everything in His power to get us to listen to Him and trust Him. If we would just do as He tells us, we would have fewer problems and far less worries.
"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord.” ~Isaiah 55:8
We, as humans, are constrained to mortal thinking, we are restrained by both physical and time limitations. We look at a problem and see the quickest, easiest solution to be the best solution.
God, however, is not constrained by any limitations and therefore sees things very differently. We must also take into account that He sees the end from the beginning, He knows everything, and always has a very good reason for His ways.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done. . . “ ~Isaiah 46:10
I’m the absolute worst when it comes to mortal expectations. I have a very human vision regarding the best solutions to my problems. I generally pray with my own agenda as to what the outcome should be—I want it my way, and I want it now! I’m usually expecting, what I refer to as, a lighten bolt miracle. I just want God to wave His hand over the situation and, bam- zap,instantly fix things. And yes, fact is, He could! There are many times in the Bible when God just bam-zapped solutions into any number of situations.
Bottom line . . . we can not understand His ways, and, more importantly, we can’t dictate anything to God. We need to accept that His ways are often times very different than our ways. We must also accept that His ways can’t be wrong, but our ways can, and usually are. We just need to let go and totally trust Him, period!
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” ~Proverbs 3:5
Seriously, who do I think I am to suggest that I can ever comprehend the things of this inconceivable Deity, this all-powerful Creator of the Universe? Who am I to question Almighty God?
I’m learning to stop trying to shrink God down to fit into my little human brain. Just because I can’t understand God’s ways, doesn’t mean His ways are wrong. His ways are never wrong. It’s a simple issue of faith. Faith in the unseen, faith in the unknown, and faith in an invisible, all-knowing God!
"Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” ~John 20:29
But why, God, why . . . ?
Unfortunately, I continue to question God’s ways whenever things don’t go my way. It seems that we humans have a preconceived idea for just about everything in our lives—a logical course of events, and when things don’t go our way we immediately doubt God.
There was a man named Naaman in the Bible, and much like me, he also had a very preconceived notion about how God should do things. Seems that Naamam had a very bad case of leprosy, and so he went to see the prophet Elisha to ask to have God heal him.
“But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, Indeed I said to myself, He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the Lord his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.” ~2 Kings 5:11
When I read this story about Naaman, it became clear to me that this is exactly how we all think. As humans, we have a very limited perception of the spiritual realm, and therefore we also have a very limited perception of God’s ways.
Poor Naaman thought that Elisha, being a very renowned prophet of God, would just wave his hand over the situation and zap. . . everything would be fixed!
Instead, Elisha told him to, go wash in the Jordan! Still having his own thoughts about this whole process, Naaman then began to suggest his ideas regarding some better rivers.
Isn't this just how we are? I sometimes actually tell God how I think He should fix things for me. And then I expect the answers to my prayers to come together in a certain way—the way I suggested. And then when things don’t go in my anticipated way, I begin to doubt God has even heard me. Crazy, huh? But isn't this how we all are? When you come right down to it, we’re all just a bunch of control freaks.
And now, the rest of this story really sums it up. Not only did Elisha, the man of God, tell him to go and wash in the Jordan River, he told him to wash, not once, but seven times. Now, you know that God could have healed him with one dip, so why seven?
Everything God tells us is for a very good reason, even though many times it doesn't make any sense to us. Sometimes it's a simple issue of obedience. Or, for that matter, God could have just instantly zapped him, but He chose not to. He chose rather to have him wash seven times in the Jordan River instead. He was virtually baptized seven times when you think about it.
Long story short, Naaman was healed, not only was he healed, his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child! So, not only did God cure him of his leprosy, he gave him perfectly smooth, youthful skin!
Wow . . . guess it really pays to do exactly what God says to do. My big lesson in all this was this; stop questioning God’s ways, have faith that He knows what He’s doing, and just be obedient! Even when things seem to be going wrong—especially when things seem to be going wrong, these are the times we need to trust Him the most. If I’ve prayed on it and let go of trying to control the outcome, I must then believe that He’s got it and is turning things around for the good.
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to the who are called according to His purpose.” ~Romans 8:28
Q: Are you ready to totally trust God? Please leave your comments below!
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