Friday, July 20, 2007

God's Ways vs. Our Ways

Hello everyone! I trust your summer is going well. Teresa and I had a great vacation, along with our children. Since we've been back, I have been trying to focus on getting "caught up" with things left undone for too long, so I have not blogged much, but I will get back into the groove, soon.

Here's a quick quote I heard yesterday that I thought worth passing on by a man named Del Way,
"Jesus may not lead you the way you want to go, but He will get you where you need to be!"

Which brings to mind a beautiful Bible passage from the prophet Isaiah,

"8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “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, NIV)

Sometimes I am tempted to try and tell God which way to lead me, but He doesn't need my advice. As the Apostle Paul put it in the doxology of his letter to the early Christians at Rome,

" 33 Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! 34 “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen. " (Romans 11:33-36, NIV)

Whenever I read those verses, I have to sheepishly reply in my heart, "At times, I have tried to be His counselor." The truth is, though, He has never needed and has rarely heeded my ill-formed advice! The longer I live, the more I understand that the wisest thing I can do in all of life is put into practice the principle proclaimed in the following Psalm,

"3 Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." (Proverbs 16:3, NIV)

I encourage you to do the same!

Blessings to you on this sunny day in Dallas!

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