Vol. II Number 2 January 25, 1998
6 Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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 cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
The ways of the Lord are certainly not our ways. When Rita and I prayed that the Lord would remove some tenants who throughly enjoyed playing their rap music at all times of the day and night, we did not realize that the Lord would allow a fire to take place to remove them and us! The Lord certainly answered the prayer, but not in the manor that we expected. For we expected that He would have just caused them to move to another place, or something. But the Lord in his infinite wisdom caused them not only to move, but created great personal financial loss and damage to them. Whereas, we only had minimal damage and loss. Though the Lord's ways are not necessarily our ways, we must be careful about what we pray. For the Lord will not always answer us the way that we expect.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Though the Lord sometimes answers our prayers in ways that we don't understand, he always makes a way for those who love Him. He always makes the saint come out on top, giving him wings as eagles to fly over fray. When all seems atrocious and awful, the lord will lift up His own and provide them cover. He will give them strength that they knew not that the had. and finally the Lord will bring His saint through and provide a greater blessing.
For the ways of the lord are surely not our ways, but H will give us some of his everlasting strength that we can only imagine the power. He will give us vision where there is no vision, and sight where there is no sight. He will give us guidance when we have no guidance. And when all seems dark and dismal, the Lord will give us light.
Truly the ways of the Lord are higher than our ways, and His methods aren't always the same as we would use. but in the end we see a supreme wisdom in the ways of the Lord that far exceeds our wisdom and knowledge.
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