Isaiah 55:7-9 – Understanding God

Isaiah 55:7-9
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

-Why are we so caught off guard when big things happen in our lives?  We talk about walking by faith and living by faith, but faith always seems to be conspicuously absent whenever trouble comes- and the bigger the trouble, the more absent the faith.  So let me ask you a question: do you believe that there is a God in Heaven?  Do you really believe that the holy, omnipotent Lord of the Bible is in Heaven right now just as His word declares?  If we really believe that truth, then it should come as no surprise that things come into our lives that we cannot anticipate or explain.  Certainly the God of the Bible is so far beyond us that the things He thinks would be unlike anything we think and the things He does would be unlike anything we do.  Sometimes those things manifest in a way we like and other times they manifest in a way we don’t like.  The problem is that we focus on just the so-called negatives and blame God when we should be looking at the whole picture.  You don’t understand why you lost your job; can you explain why you had a job in the first place when so many others did not?  You don’t understand why your health failed; does that many you do understand why you had good health as long as you did?  You can’t explain why so many bad things have happened to you; can you explain every good thing that has happened to you?  The truth is we wouldn’t be able to understand anything at all about God unless He chooses to reveal it to us.

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