“God's Ways”Categories: Shepherd's Corner
Have you ever been told God’s ways are not our ways? I was told this a lot by my grandparents and parents and they expressed this with compassion and conviction. I remember listening to my grandmother who lived next door us read this scripture to me all the time:
“Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name” Psa. 86:11
God’s ways are not our ways, and a brief overview of the gospel offers a powerful case and point.
The Almighty‘s only Son left His throne and took on flesh. He came to serve - and He did so in a miraculous, meek, and humble way. Our Lord healed people of their infirmities: when HE spoke the word or touched the broken body, the lame walked, the blind saw, and the deaf heard. He forgave sin and taught us the fulfilled law of God. “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” Matt. 5:38-39. Sometimes this is very hard to do but, our Lord submitted to death on the cross after a completely illegal and unfair trial by both Romans and Jews. He modeled sacrificial love in the ultimate way as He died to atone for our sins.
God’s ways are not our ways, are they? Who would have imagined such a gift, such an act of amazing grace on our behalf? Our God is not a sinful, self-centered human being. We don’t think like He does. We must allow God to open our hearts to receive His truth, and then He must teach us His ways if we are to live by them.
May the psalmist’s prayers be ours: “Make me to know your ways, O Lord: teach me your paths. Teach me Your way, Unite my heart to fear Your name”.