Do you ever question why God does things sometimes? Maybe that’s a silly question because I think we all do. The quote “God works in mysterious ways” is actually not a bible verse, but verses stating similar things are in Scripture. And in my experience, God does work in mysterious ways. Mostly because His ways are not my ways (Isaiah 55:8) and His plans are not my plans (Proverbs 19:21).
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.”
“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”
Those are two Truths that I believe are essential to remember when God throws a curve ball (a hobby of His). With my own eyes and limited vision, I see plans thwarted and life turned upside down. I see details that are chaos and puzzle pieces that don’t fit together. I become confused and weary. Why, God? And He doesn’t always give me an answer right away, sometimes not for a long time, but He does give me Himself. He gives me confidence that before this happened, He was working out the solution.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”
He gives me assurance of things hoped for in faith.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
He gives me peace beyond my own understanding.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
And ultimately He remains with me.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Today on my own I feel weary. I feel fearful. I feel unsure. But today with Christ I feel peace. I feel joy. I feel assurance.
The only thing we can do when there’s a trial before us, an unexpected hardship, is seek His face.
“Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.”
1 Chronicles 16:11
We can pursue Him and believe the Truths that He promises us in His Word. We can have faith in the only One who will never fail, who always comes through, who holds us.
Maybe you’re feeling some of this today, let the Truth of God’s Word be the anchor that holds you in the waves.