God’s Ways are Incomprehensible
God’s Ways are Incomprehensible
Sometimes we try to determine or understand for ourselves what God is doing. We have difficulty or are unwilling to live without rational reasons for what is happening to us and those we love. In reality this is a futile effort. God’s ways of infinite wisdom simply cannot be comprehended by our finite minds. Isaiah put it this way: Isaiah 55:8–9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares 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.
Just as the heavens are higher than the earth there is no comparison to God’s wisdom and man’s wisdom. So God’s wisdom, ways, and thoughts are above those of men and we cannot comprehend God’s thoughts. Isaiah 40:13 Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel? God’s wisdom is fathomless. His decisions are unsearchable His methods are mysterious and traceable. No one can understand His mind let alone advise Him on the proper course of action. How futile and arrogant for us to seek to determine and understand what God is doing in any event. We cannot search out the reasons behind His decisions. We cannot trace out the ways by which He brings these decisions to pass. If we are ever going to experience peace in times of adversity we must come to truly believe that God’s ways are simply beyond us and stop asking Him “why”. Stop trying to determine what is going on and why. We must surrender this truth to God and trust Him in our circumstances. We desire to understand Providence but that is impossible for us. We want to see how it can bring good into our lives we must believe and trust God completely. We may see and understand later. We may not understand this side of the grave. After death it won’t matter.
The best thing we can do is honor God by trusting Him. Job acknowledges God’s unfathomable ways. Job 42:3 ‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Job said that God’s ways are too wonderful for him to understand. When Job saw God in His great majesty of sovereignty he repented of his arrogant questioning. Job stopped asking and simply trusted God.
David also bowed to the sovereign purposes and infinite wisdom of God. Psalm 131:1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me. David was not concerned about these mysteries. God has secret purposes and He has infinite means to accomplish them. David did not expend any time or energy trying to understand these mysteries. David stood still quietly in submission trusting God. Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
If we want to honor God and find peace for ourselves we must trust God. We must come to the point where we can honestly say: “God I do not have to understand, I will just trust You”.
God’s wisdom is far greater than our wisdom. God’s wisdom sees the complete picture of our adversities God is looking out for our best interest in our salvation. This is a great comfort to us.
Adversity that is brought on by others is difficult to endure. David felt the same way: 2 Samuel 24:14 Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.” Other people may plan and scheme to treat us unjustly to take advantage of us or to “use us for their own selfish ends”. God shows mercy and has our best interest in mind. Romans 8:31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
Our adversities can only accomplish what God has sovereignty ordained for us in His infinite wisdom. Joseph brother’s in their jealousy thought they were getting rid of their brother. God planned all along to use their scheme to send Joseph ahead of them to be their provider during the seven years of famine. They intended their actions for evil that God intended them for good.
Saul sought to kill David because David was receiving more praise for his military success then Saul. God uses this time when David was hiding from Saul to build into David the character that made him a great King a man after God’s own heart. Many of David’s Psalms were written during this period of his life. Psalms 34 was written during the time when David was reduced to acting as an insane man for fear of a heathen King. This is a Psalm you can turn to during a struggle, to receive encouragement. What Saul meant for evil – to kill David – God turned into good.
Satan thought that by getting God to allow him to afflict Job he would thereby get Job to curse God to His face. Satan succeeded only in being an instrument to bring Job into a deeper and more reverent relationship with God.
Satan was given permission to afflict Paul with a thorn in the flesh to torment him. Satan thought he could reduce Paul’s effectiveness. Satan succeeded in putting Paul in the circumstance where Paul experienced the sufficiency of God’s grace. And his strength is made perfect in our weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Satan succeeded in bringing Paul into a deeper relationship with God. Think of the many thousands through the centuries that have found God’s grace to be sufficient for them. God’s wisdom is greater than the wisdom of any of our adversities. Your adversities maybe the result of other people or the devil. Don’t fear what they seek to do. God is at work in these things as He is in the adversities of sickness, death, financial reversal, and ravages of nature.
What adversity; have you experienced that has brought you closer to God as a result of the adversity?