His Ways Are Not Our Ways

Bill Brinkworth

Sometimes, as a Christian, we get confused and distraught by the way circumstances in our life seem to be out of God’s control. We get perplexed over situations in our life that appear to be severely altering what we thought was a good life.  Our desired path gets changed to one we never dreamed we would travel, and certainly do not understand.  A doctor may have given a disastrous diagnosis; a house may appear to be soon lost because of our inability to meet payments; children that have been raised the best way we knew, seemingly are not turning out the way we desired; all that we saved and planned for is lost because of our lack of being able to obtain employment.  Our life and plans are in turmoil, and we wonder, “Where is God in all this chaos?”

These feelings are not unique.  Other faithful believers have also found themselves going down a pathway they never dreamed they would travel. Millions previously have also pondered, “Why is this happening to me?  What have I done to deserve this?”  Remember the trials of:

All throughout the Bible there are many other examples of how God used unusual circumstances and events to accomplish His will.  His will was not the way man would have solved the situation. In many cases, man was not even aware that there was a “situation”.

The events may not have made sense to the believers at the time, but they did as they were shown by God to do. After being obedient, sometimes they saw why they were to do as they were told; sometimes they never saw the reason. After the fact, and recorded in God’s Word, we see some of the reasons why God told them to do what they were told to do.  Some of those reasons were because:

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”  Also Prov. 16:25, Romans 3:16

“… They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.” Heb. 3:10
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.” Isa.55:8

“… and they shall know that I am the Lord.” Ezekiel 24:27


All, even Christians, will face trials and tribulations in this world.  For the non-Christians the experience may be meant to turn them to have a relationship with the Lord.  For the believer the situation may be God’s way of getting it done and teaching the child of God how to discern His will and way. 

Christian, the next time you are in a situation you do not understand, and are convinced you are doing what you believe the Lord has directed you to do, there may be another reason you do not see.  You may not know the reason, but in faith, remember that God is in control. Trust, be in much prayer over the situation, continue in faith and in doing what you have been shown to be biblically right — and wait on Him to accomplish His will and way in His timing!

“As men trim the feathers of fowls, so they do not  fly too high or too far; even so doth God diminish our riches, so that we should not pass our bounds, and glory too much of the things of this world.” — Wermullerus, 1551

This article was featured in The Bible View #345.

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