For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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 58:8-9.
To everything there is a season…God set into motion His timing as a part of His Creation…The Bible clearly states, “It is appointed unto men once to die, and after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). Timing is God’s creation…Even the timing of our birth and our death…This is one valid reason why His Ways are higher than man’s, and His thoughts are higher than man’s. He’s the only ONE who knows the beginning from the end…the Author and Finisher of our Faith as we know it here on
Over 365 times, the Bible instructs us not to worry or fret. Why? Because, God has everything in His Control. Though, we may not know the outcome of any matter, God does. God also knows the heart and the intentions of the heart. Finding Peace and Serenity in the midst of everyday life is a matter of Trusting God to be God!
Take for instant. We might “judge” someone harshly. We may feel as if “they” will never amount to anything worth while in this life. We may write them off as being a “loser.” When all the time God has BIG plans for this person’s life. I sadly recall a time when a teacher on my team once said, “That child won’t amount to anything. He has no redeemable qualities.” I gasped at her remark. I thought to myself, “Oh, you just wait and see what God might to in this child’s life.”
I also know this from a more personal experience with one of our daughters. When our youngest twin (by five minutes) was in the third or fourth grade, her teacher thought she should be held back one year in order to develop more socially. She and her sister were each other’s best friend. The teacher thought they needed to be separated and allowed to “branch” out on their own. But, I insisted that she be promoted to the next grade level along with her twin sister. There was just NO way I was going to have twin sisters divided between grade levels. The teacher took great offense at my determination to stand against her “professional” judgment. I, immediately, placed the matter into God’s hands and insisted the twins be promoted together. And, they were. Today, that same youngest twin is forty-two years old and the vice-president of a large banking institution. Don’t tell me that God’s ways are not higher than man’s!
Another more personal experience is that of my husband’s. As a young boy he was plagued with a speech impediment. Sadly, speech impediments back in the 50’s and 60’s were often misdiagnosed as learning disabilities. During his primary years in school, he was pulled weekly from classes for speech therapy. Missing too many classes resulted in his falling behind and being held back. This was devastating to him as a child and took a life time to recover. When God began calling him into the ministry, like Moses, he was afraid his speech would be a liability. He struggled with God for several years before submitting to God’s call upon his life. Today, he is sixty-seven years old, holds a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University, and I can gladly say that God blessed him with a successful thirty-plus years of ministry as Senior Pastor of three different churches. God’s ways are higher than man’s!
I believe the one thing “man” struggles with the most in their Faith is God’s timing. We want it “yesterday!” But, God holds the key to when HE will answer, intervene, and intercede. I know this truth to be most difficult for me at times…Like my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, I want God to show up on my time-table; not His! But, the beauty of growing older is learning to Trust GOD to show up right on time; His time! And, in His way…which is always higher than our ways and thoughts.
So, today, you may be struggling with a matter of extreme importance to you. Don’t worry. God knows and HE understands. The lesson is to “wait” upon God and allow God to be GOD and to do His thing in His time. Rejoice, my child, rejoice, for Jesus is the author and finisher of our Faith! His ways, including His timing, are higher than our ways…How grateful I am for that!!! Amen.
Remember, God Loves You!
Lin T Rollins, M.Ed. Author.