“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.”
At the heart of many issues we face the underlying question we have is, does God really have my best in mind?
In a recent Bible study I have been doing with my best friend from childhood, I was reminded that since the beginning of time, people have wrestled with this question. After all, isn’t that what ultimately made Eve give in to the serpent’s temptation?
Nowhere is this truth more apparent for me than in my relationship with my adorable and newly independent 20-month old. As his Mom I love him beyond all measure and want more than anything to protect him from the dangers of the world. Consequently, we have had our share of meltdowns when I have stopped his little chubs from running into the road to go after a ball, or when I have kept him from plunging ahead into deep water after his older brothers. I don’t stop him because I want to make his life miserable. I stop him because I love him. I want to protect him. I have his best in mind, even if he cannot understand that from his vantage point.
The same is true with God. He loves us. He wants to protect us. He has our best in mind, even when we cannot understand that from our vantage point.
Have you ever doubted that God has your best in mind? Perhaps He closed a door and you didn’t understand why. Maybe you followed Him down a particular path, but it didn’t end as you had imagined. We could probably all answer this question a different way, no doubt we have all wrestled with it.
However, the next time you wonder if God has your best in mind, rest in the assurance that He does. While it may not make sense at the time, God is sovereign and He is for you.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says, “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.”
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:31 says, “…If God is for us, who can be against us?
God does have your best in mind. And more importantly, He has His glory in mind. Trust in Him. Trust in His love and His provision. One day we will understand the bigger picture.
In what area do you need to trust today that God has your best in mind?
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