DEVOTIONAL - AN ENCOURAGING WORD

I Don't Know

“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 (NLT)

Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do?

I have learned that I don’t always have the answer; however, over time, I have learned to respond to this question with “I don’t know”. When facing uncertain times in our life we often wonder where Is God and why would He allow such things to happen?

Life is complicated and instead of spending time trying to figure out the why, perhaps our focus should be on the “who”. Who has the answers to our questions?

God encourages us to know that although we may think we are always right and our way is always the best, He alone has the answers that we need.

Isaiah tells us that, “Our thoughts are nothing like God’s thoughts and His ways are far beyond anything we could imagine.” (Isaiah 55:8) In other words, our thoughts and ways will never match God’s; He alone has all of the answers to life’s questions. We must seek Him for proper perspective and direction.

“Seek the LORD while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near. ……Yes turn to our God…” Isaiah 55:6-7 (NLT)

To receive answers for our questions, we are to:

  1. Seek the Lord’s thoughts and ways:
    When we seek Him we are saying, God I value You in my situation.  
  2. Call on the Lord:
    When we pray to the Lord we allow Him into our situation. He’s closer than you think, but you must call on Him.   
  3. Turn to the Lord:
    When we turn to the Lord we abandon our thoughts and ways and submit to His. He alone can soothe all our doubts and calm all our fears. 

When we recognize God and allow Him to reveal His thoughts and ways regarding our questions, situations, and problems, we are then open to receive His answers.

Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.  Psalm 37:5 (KJV)

CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.

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