The Father Knows Best
By George Stroh
June 6, 2022
"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." (Isaiah 55:8, 9)
We are usually pleased and thankful for God's goodness and His sovereign will until He causes us to suffer some affliction. Then we foolishly start to question His goodness and/or His sovereignty. Even though we know better, there is a part of us that wonders if God is really in total control and knows what He is doing; And we know God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
Someone has well said, "We have no right to demand a 'why' from God about anything He does". He is God and we are not! We are to always simply trust in the Lord with all your heart and not lean on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) and we are to walk by faith, not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) True biblical faith is confident trust in God's word regardless of our own understanding, and faithful obedience regardless of circumstances or consequences.
Of course we can and should seek understanding and wisdom from God; But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5) But we are to do so humbly and reverently, acknowledging that His ways are indeed higher than our ways and His thoughts than our thoughts; Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few. (Ecclesiastes 5:2)
I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me. (Psalm 119:75)