Devotional 5/26

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. 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

In his infinite wisdom and love, God tells us everything we need to know exactly when we need to know.
John Bloom

Trusting God is an act of defiance against Satan and our flesh! It causes us to believe God in spite of loss, disappointments and fear. The Lord asks us to hold on to our faith, knowing that He wants better for us than we want for ourselves.I don’t know what your purpose is, but I know you have one and I don’t know your calling, but I know God has a plan to prosper you.

Sometimes God says Yes, sometimes He says No, and other times He says nothing. When God says nothing, it is because He knows that you should know His response (read your bible!). When God says No, He is extending His mercy. And when He says Yes, He is showing us His favor. These things are hard to understand, when there is pride in our hearts; when we do not trust God; and when we are being led of logic and senses (by the flesh). As much as we try to explain God’s will to others, they will not perceive it. The will of God is not to be understood! When praying, the worst question we can ask God is ‘why?‘. See the source image

  • Why am I single?
  • Why am I sick?
  • Why did my child die?
  • Why did you God say No, when we were doing the right thing waiting and praying to get married?

I am not against us being transparent with God, like Moses, Habbakuk, Job and Jesus Himself. But asking God why, is expressing pride and distrust towards God. Questioning God should come from a spirit of humility and a contrite heart. The Lord does not want to be understood, after all HE IS GOD, and we are NOT! God wants us to seek Him for direction, not make demands! God does not owe us an explanation: It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority (Acts 1:7). The disciples were so full of themselves that they did not recognize that they were interested in their own desires, and not God’s. We can be like this, we claim to be praying but in God’s eyes what we are doing is questioning Him: crying and complaining about our lives! I’ve come across people, and have been guilty myself, of demanding answers from God by expressing anger, or subconsciously manipulating God with a pity party, even reminding God of serving in the kingdom.

People who are led by their senses cannot understand spiritual things (1 Corinthians 2:14). Those who do not know God, cannot understand God’s ways. And those who claim to have Him in their heart do not either. One of the things we come to embrace as we grow in the Lord is that God is not to be understood (we need to humble ourselves and accept this). When it’s appropriate for us to know why, God will give us understanding. But when it’s not appropriate or helpful for us to know, He will not! 

When we deal with children, we speak in a way that they would understand… but withhold speaking on things, or in a way, they will not understand. God knows that we are His children: the more we mature spiritually, the greater understanding we receive from God. But we must also know that if God does not answer, He is God after all. God does as He pleases.

Let’s pray:

Lord Jesus, fill us with your presence, and help us to adopt a humble attitude recognizing you as the Sovereign and all powerful God. Help those who need to transform their thinking regarding you as the great and dreadful God, where we know that we are your servants and not vice versa. May we humble themselves under your mighty hand in order to be able to resist the devil who comes against your will for our lives. I pray for increase of faith and peace, so that we may be still enough to hear your voice and know your will. May we be increased in discernment to know your response when we have questions, and to know between a trap of the enemy or a divine plan from you. In Jesus name, Amen.

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