“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 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.”
Everyone comes to a point when what God is doing in your life doesn’t make any sense to you. In Isaiah 55, God reasons with Israel of His grace and actions. He comes to the verses above and explains to them that His “thoughts are not your thoughts.” God further explained that His ways are “higher than your ways.” Though God’s actions didn’t make sense to the Jews, they needed to understand that He knew what He was doing with everything that happened in their lives. Several principles are given in these verses to show the believer what they need to do when God doesn’t make sense in their life.
First, acknowledge God’s deity. Verse 6 says, “Seek ye the LORD…” You are going to have to conclude that you are human and that God is God. Certainly, we know this, but we must accept it. Too many times we expect God to act like us and come to the same conclusions with our situation as we do. My friend, when you accept that God thinks on a God level and you think on a human level is when you’ll realize that He knows what He is doing. Stop trying to bring God down to your level and accept the decisions God makes as God in your life.
Second, be sure you are right with God. Verse 7 says, “Let the wicked forsake his way…” Sin often causes the believer to think that God isn’t doing the right thing. Always take an honest look at your heart and ask yourself if everything is right between you and God. Sin always causes the believer to misunderstand God’s righteous decisions and actions towards their situation.
Third, realize that God sees what you don’t see. Because God’s thoughts and ways are higher than yours, He will obviously see what you cannot see. Have you ever been too short to see something and asked someone who was taller to tell you what they see? The verses above are saying that you should be asking God to tell you what He sees instead of you going off what you see. God sees further than you. God knows your tomorrow. The reason God isn’t shaken with your problems is because He already knows the end result of what you are currently facing. Believer, don’t despair; your problems are solved in God’s viewpoint.
Fourth, trust God’s Word. Verse 11 promises that God’s Word “shall not return” void. In other words, whatever God promises, He will fulfill. When God doesn’t make sense to you, you are going to have to put your trust in His unchangeable Word for the security that you will be fine. You may not know what God is doing in your life, but God promised He would lead you and never put more on you than you can bear. Don’t give up my friend. In the times when you don’t know what God is doing in your life, let His Word be your security blanket to which you hold onto.
Fifth, be patient, God’s answer is on the way. Verse 12 says, “For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace…” God has an answer to your problems, just be patient for His timing to bring His promises to pass. God may not make sense to you now, but if you are patient with Him and trust Him, His actions will make perfect sense when the answer is given. Let me encourage you to just trust God.