Stop Trying To Second-Guess God
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
Are you doing what you believe to be God’s will, yet things aren’t working out like you expected? God has a different perspective—a better one. It’s okay to question Him, but not to doubt and second-guess Him. In His Word He says, ‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.’ When God told Moses he was going to deliver the Israelites from Egypt, Moses was all for it. But things didn’t go the way he anticipated because Pharaoh made their lives harder for a while. So instead of becoming a hero, Moses lived through a season of being criticized and misunderstood. Later, when some other things didn’t turn out as Moses expected, he got discouraged and complained, ‘“Lord,” he protested, “how can you mistreat your own people like this? Why did you ever send me if you were going to do this to them?”’ (Exodus 5:22). Moses didn’t understand the results of his obedience, because God didn’t tell him exactly how things would turn out. Usually our frustrations have little to do with what God does or doesn’t do, and everything to do with our mistaken ideas about what we think He should do. When you assume, or try to analyze God, you always end up frustrated. Jesus told His disciples, ‘ You don’t really know what I am doing, but later you will understand’ (John 13:7). It’s only in looking back that you see how the Lord has led you. He is the best at what He does and His track record proves it. So trust God and stop trying to second-guess Him.
Heavenly Father, even when doing Your will my way runs into conflict with Your way – help me to just do it Your way and save a lot of aggravation for both of us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen