Those Are Your Thoughts and Plans, Not Mine (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 346)
Isaiah 55:8 (NLT)
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
God is loving, kindhearted, merciful, gracious, long-suffering, and everlasting. God comforts those who are grieving, heals those who are sick, and answers those who pray. God promises that if you knock, the door will be opened; if you look for something, you will find it; and if you ask, you will receive. All of us have needs and desires that we oftentimes try to get met in our own way and time. But God is much wiser than His creation and He cannot be manipulated, tried, controlled, exploited, or deceived. He fulfills His promises to us in His will and way and time.
It is God’s greatest pleasure and delight to work on behalf of his children. But in order for it to be meaningful and long-lasting, it has to be that God is doing the working and that we are not trying to puppeteer Him to do what we want done instead of what He wants to do. We can’t figure out God. Sometimes, we try to do this by saying, “Maybe God needs my help” or “Maybe I can do this in order to help God” or “Maybe I can work on this or talk to this person or go to this location and God will be there”. But God is not so foolish to follow man’s way of thinking. God says in Isaiah, “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.”
Abraham is a good example of how we as human beings try to bring God’s will to pass on our own and totally screw things up. God promised Abraham a son in his old age. Abraham, listening to Sarah who thought it was God’s joke that she would get pregnant, gave up her maidservant to bring the child into the world. Ishmael came along and God’s response to that was ‘Absolutely not. This is not what I promised you. Those are your thoughts and plans, not mine.’ God’s plan was for Abraham and Sarah to have a child — the one God had promised.
In our humanity and vulnerability, we rush far ahead of God and try to get our needs met and desires fulfilled at all the wrong times, in all the wrong places, with all the wrong people. And God is still on the throne waiting for you to just settle down, trust him, listen to him, and let him do far above and beyond what you even dreamed you could do on your own. God is always working even when we think he is not because God’s ways are not our ways. God is working when we are worrying. And what God wants us to do is stop worrying and start trusting. He wants us to not only say that He is God but to act like He is God and give him that respect and that appreciation that we trust him so much that we’re willing to sit back, enjoy the show and let God do the work.
The greatest comfort you can bring to your own mind is, “God is God, I am not, therefore, I should trust and do what he tells me.” Good blessings come to those who wait. The best blessings come to those who trust while they are waiting. You never know what God has up his sleeve. The only way to find out is if you do what he tells you, go where he tells you, talk to who he tells you, be who he tells you, even if it doesn’t make sense, even if it is diametrically opposed to anything you have ever thought or read or heard. Stop trying to figure it all out. Figuring out God and wondering what he is doing is a futile pursuit. You can’t begin to scratch the surface of God’s power. Stop trying to make it happen. When you follow God’s plan, you get what only God can give and it is far more glorious and beautiful than anything you could get on your own.
“God will ensure my success in accordance with His plan, not mine.”
— Francis Chan