Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
“By regeneration and sanctification, by faith and prayer, by suffering and discipline, by the Word and the Spirit, the work goes on till the dream of God has been realized in the Christian heart.” A. W. Toszer
Dear Reader, The ways of God can often seem illogical to man. But then, His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. We dare not presume to understand His plan of action in our lives. We can rest in knowing that He loves us and has plans to prosper and not to harm us.
Forget about dictating to God your ideas on how to get things done. He has a plan for your life and has orchestrated a way to get it accomplished. He does not need your help planning the journey or navigating the course. He is sovereign, and He has His own way of working all things together for good. However, what He does ask for is your obedience and trust.
Your Father has the ability to take people’s evil intent and work it out for good, and for His glory. God’s plans for you cannot be cast aside or dismantled. Even in the face of overwhelming circumstances, His will and His plans cannot be thwarted. His purposes will always be accomplished in His perfect timing.
The things that happen to you in this lifetime are all a part of His attempt to transform you into the image of His Son. Nothing that happens to you is by chance, because God’s purpose is never man’s purpose. His ways are higher than our ways.
Sometimes, God will take events and intervene to accomplish His purpose. When God initiates circumstances, it is often to encourage the believer to build a deeper dependence upon Him. God’s desire for His children is to be dependent upon Him. Therefore, He wants to care for you. He wants to put you in situations where you can witness Him do mighty works. He desires your praise and will provide many opportunities in your life to acknowledge His power and strength.
Genesis 50:20 (NIV) “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
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