MUSINGApril 11 2018


Romans 11:33-34
God’s riches, wisdom, and knowledge are so deep that it is impossible to explain his decisions or to understand his ways. “Who knows how the Lord thinks? Who can become his adviser?”

Ouch! That question about who can be God’s adviser strikes too close to home for me. I am a good problem solver. It is something that I’ve done my whole life.

While others were seeking to place blame for the situation, I would look for a way to fix it. While others were listing all the things that couldn’t be done, I would look for what could be done, no matter how small, that would get us headed toward a bigger solution.

The first part of fixing something is to believe it can be fixed. Imagine what it looks like in its most perfect state and then work toward that goal,

Way to often when I go to God with a concern, I already have a path laid out. God seldom follows my well thought out plan. Frankly, the way I recognize that the solution came from Him is that it so totally different and unexpected.

William Cowper understood that when he wrote the hymn God Moves in a Mysterious Way”

“God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov’reign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow’r.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.”

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.” Isaiah 55:8

So, if like me, you are looking to be God’s advisor, try instead to be His follower.

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams.

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