God never does things the way I anticipate. I love to offer God suggestions of how to control His universe, but He seldom does things the way I think He should. That's because He is God—He is infinite and I am finite. His plans are not my plans and neither are his thoughts my thoughts (Isaiah 55:8)—that's a good thing! His ways are higher than my ways, and much higher than mine, in fact, as high as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:9). I am thankful for this because where I remain stubborn and unforgiving, God is gracious, slow to anger, and forgiving.
God is so much bigger than I can even comprehend. In Ephesians 3: 20 it says: "Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think..." My finite brain cannot begin to imagine all the good things God wants to do and can do.
So here is why God never does things the way I anticipate and even plan:
- God is all knowing - God knows the end from the beginning. He sees what I cannot see. There have been times in my life when I have prayed for something and have been devastated that it did not come to pass. I wondered where God was. I don't wonder now. Why? Because time has passed and I have a different perspective. I can see with hindsight how detrimental it would have been if God had answered my prayer the way I wanted Him to. He is God—infinite—omniscient—and I can rest in Him.
- God is all loving - I never cease to be amazed at this loving God of mine. How quick He is to forgive...to fold me in His loving arms when I am despondent. I am confident about this one thing—God loves me more than any human could ever love me, and if that is the case He wants the best for my life, and in that knowledge I will rest.
- God is all powerful - There is nothing that God cannot do. He created the universe and He made mankind. God can do anything. God is not a magician...He does not wave a magic wand. He does not give me everything I want and that is because He loves me. He know what I need and He also knows what is good for me. God can do anything, but He doesn't always do it in the way I anticipate. He can heal anyone, but He doesn't always heal them. Sometimes their healing comes in eternity. I know He can do anything He wants to do, but He doesn't always do what I want Him to do...and I can rest in that sure knowledge.
There are many things I do not understand about God. But there are some things I do know and they are my sure foundation. He is all knowing, all loving, and all powerful. That is really enough for me.
Have a blessed day my friend.
I am and always will be,
recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,