This morning, as part of my devotional time, I was reading from a book, When God Says “Wait”, by Elizabeth Laing Thompson (sidebar: I got this as a free Kindle book from Book Bub). This morning’s chapter discussed some of the unpleasant thoughts we have when we’re waiting; often we come to the conclusion that God is angry and is punishing us. Then the author makes a very good point: WE CAN’T READ GOD’S MIND! The Bible makes this very clear in the book of Isaiah:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways, declares the Lord. 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
If you read closely, you’ll see that we’re not only incapable of reading God’s mind, when we try we’re almost certain to get it wrong — He just doesn’t think the way we do. So, what do we do when we want to know God’s will? When we want to know why some dreadful thing is happening to us? When we have questions about the purpose of our life?
I think we have to go back to a previous blog post I did, “Agree in the Lord, Example #1.” In that post, I talked about the fact that we can’t read the mind of other people — if we’re upset about something they said or did, the best course is to go and talk to them directly. The same holds true with God — when I don’t understand or don’t like something that’s going on in my life, I need to go and talk to Him about it. The most important way to do this is prayer: pray, pray, pray and then pray some more. It also means studying His word, because often that is how God speaks to me. It means attending worship — another opportunity to listen to His word through the readings, sermon and hymns.
Does this mean I’ll always get a quick and clear answer? Well, no. It does mean I’ll have a relationship with God. I’ll come to a better knowledge and understanding of His character. I’ll mature in wisdom and discernment. I’ll trust Him, even when I don’t know all the answers.
Have questions? Go to the primary source; go to God.