Our Ways vs. God’s Ways

For my thoughts are not your thought, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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

At first glance, these verses seem to state an obvious truth.  Obviously, God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.  Obviously, God’s ways and thoughts are above our ways and thoughts.  No Christian would disagree with those statements.  But have we ever really stopped to think about what those statements mean?

I will be honest – I do not understand why God does some things and allows other things.  When I say that, let me also say that I do not question God in these matters, but I still don’t necessarily understand them.  I’m sure that nobody who has ever lived has completely understood everything that God allowed to happen.  But there is a huge difference between confessing that we don’t understand a matter and questioning God’s judgment in that matter.

I am a human.  I do not think like God thinks.  I can not see the future and I can see very, very little of the past.  In fact, other than my immediate area, I really can’t even see the present.  God can see all of those things.  We may think of things in terms of past, present and future, but God is able to see the whole.  He is able to see everything as one interconnected whole.  His thoughts are not our thoughts.  What we may grouch about as a “missed opportunity” one day might be a missed heartache the next day.  God’s thoughts are not our thoughts.

His ways and thoughts are not only different from ours, they are “higher” than ours.  There is no comparing them.  God wants what is best for us.  I heard it phrased in a sermon one time “do you really think that you want more for yourself than God does?”  The Bible tells us that “his ways are not grievous.” 

We could keep going and going with this, but suffice to say that any time our thoughts and ways disagree with His, He is right and we are not!

4 responses to this post.

  1. I love this Ben . . .and that His ways are not grievous. If I find myself thinking so, it’s a good indication I need to rethink! I’m just not seeing what He’s seeing. When I spend time with Him over things that I don’t understand, He often drops how He is thinking and seeing the situation into my heart. It always gets me. It’s always the opposite of what I was going for. And is the perfect reminder of this verse! Thank you!


  2. “I will be honest – I do not understand why God does some things and allows other things. ”

    I don’t either… I’ve questioned and questioned but I don’t get the answer I want. Yet I know His grace is sufficient. Are there things I wish He’d be clearer on? Of course! Still I know that even if He chooses NOT to reveal that truth to me, His ways are still sovereign and my life is in His hands.

    Thanks for sharing Ben. This comes at a time when I’m asking God about life decisions. Sure, I wish He’d show me what I want but I’m learning to place my hand in His and to trust Him to walk me through what I may never understand.

    Deb alluded much. Trust needs to be at the base of my relationship with Him. Lack of trust results in much head-banging. He doesn’t have to show it all to me … I just need to learn to trust.

    God bless you for sharing your heart. You have blessed me more than you could ever know.



    • “Lack of trust results in much head-banging.” That is very true. 🙂 I just have got to keep reminding myself that He is in control and I am not. And I have got to keep reminding myself that it is much better that way!


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