When We Believe We Know Better Than God
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways.’ This is the Lord’s declaration. ‘For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” Isaiah 55:8-9
As I paced the floor with my crying baby in the early hours of the morning, tears slid down my cheeks. You say You care about me, God, I thought—but I’m finding that hard to believe. You say You will work all things out for my good and Your glory—I don’t see that either. I was exhausted and frustrated.
In moments like this, when I am fraying like a cord that’s pulled too tight, I try to argue with God that I know better. I would be such a better mom, wife, and believer if You would let me get some sleep. When suffering comes, it’s hard to believe that our sovereign God has deemed this trial to be what’s best for us. When He withholds something that in and of itself is good—marriage, a child, friendship, health, financial stability—it’s hard to not question His wisdom. When we pray, it’s tempting to say, “God, if You would just do it my way, everything would work out better.”
But God’s wisdom is much grander than ours. His ways are higher than our understanding can reach. What appears as good to us from our limited and sin-tainted perspective, God sees as less than. Being all-knowing and perfectly wise, He has the ability to choose what is best for us and will make us more like Christ.
“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” Romans 11:33-34
Friend, when you are tempted to believe you have a better plan for your life than God, remind yourself how much higher God’s wisdom is than yours.
God, I am sorry for the times I have foolishly believed that my knowledge is greater than Yours. Forgive me for thinking I am wiser than You and that I could possibly plan and organize my life better than You. Help me to trust Your wisdom and sovereignty. Your ways are so much higher than mine. Your wisdom is limitless. I am thankful for the depth of the riches of Your wisdom and knowledge. Help me to remember my frame, that I am a creature, limited and reliant on You—and that that’s a good thing.
If you struggle to trust God’s plan for your life, consider committing either Isaiah 55:8-9 or Romans 11:33-36 to memory.
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