(8)“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord.
(9)“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.
(10)“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
(11)So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:8-11 (NASB)
“Let not your heart be troubled.”
Not easy to do when circumstance are stacked against us. But God has a plan and a way of doing things that tends to sun counter to him we see it or how we would do it.
Example: One recent year, north Idaho received a record snowfall. We had several feet within a 24-hour period. The reindeer decoration in our front yard was so buried that only the tips of Rudolph’s antlers showed above the snow bank. It seemed awful to some. But the subsequent summer produced bumper crops of food. The fruit tree produced way over their usual amount of fruit. The huckleberry bushes in the forests of Idaho were thick with luscious large berries. Our tomato plants went wild with fruit. The snow cover from the seemingly harsh winter brought enough much needed moisture to yield a wonderful harvest.
I have contact with many Christians of every different ministry focus. Many who are warriors are frustrated with the way the world and the nation seem to be going. They run the spectrum from angry to discouraged because it seems as though their prayers are not being answered. But I have good news: let not your heart be troubled. God is still on the Throne. What we think we see is not what God worries about, not what He has planned for the end game!
God works through His purposes, His way. Remember that He sees the end from the beginning. He commands us to stand for righteousness, to pray as He directs, to be who we are called to be and not compromise. How He answers our prayers is not up to us. His purpose always involves the souls of people, and it always involves His word. When we become upset over what we see, we are not sitting in the heavenly places nor praying there.
How did the Apostles keep their faith when Jesus was arrested, crucified, then left them when He ascended? They were afraid. They didn’t really understand the circumstances, though the Lord told them to wait for the power to come. They huddled together, praying in the Upper Room (the top floor of the house). They didn’t know what was going to happen. Then pow! The Holy Spirit blew through their lives and changed everything!
They didn’t all suddenly get rich or get a TV show. They didn’t all suddenly become well-liked and have fawning followers. They did, however, suddenly become well-known–and within one day’s time, 3,000 souls were added to the Kingdom of God. Suddenly they could do the miracles Jesus did and many were healed. Suddenly they became targets of the Romans and the Jews. Life got dangerous and complicated in human terms, but powerful and exciting in spiritual realms! What they did, what they experienced, and what God told them to write has had eternal consequences!
We are the adopted sons and daughters of the one True Living God. Our lives have eternal consequences! We are privileged to be called to rule and reign with Him. But that job description gets complicated if we let out minds to the thinking. Don’t let the things you see discourage your heart–remember that God Almighty has called you as His own and that He is sovereign over whatever happens on the earth. He will accomplish His purposes in spite of the ravings of the enemy or the foolishness of men. All you have to do is trust Him, keep your mind firmly on His heart, and your faith helmet solidly in place. His grace and love will make up the difference! You are greatly beloved!
(This material was used by permission from “Wisdom of Heaven” written by Rosalie Storment and Faye Higbee, copyrighted 2011)