Isaiah 55:8-9 (CSB), “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts and your ways are not my ways,’ This is the Lord’s declaration. ‘For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.'”
*Additional scriptures to check out: Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11*
While I was studying this scripture an incident from my childhood came to mind and as embarrassing as it is, I knew God wanted me to share. You see, I have a brother who is four years older than me and like most younger siblings I had the intense desire to follow him and his friends around and do everything they did (much to their annoyance).
Once school let out, my brothers friends would come to our house and play video games before heading outside for a game of football or wrestling (usually as an attempt to escape me… as if). Inevitably, as most boys do on a hot, summer day, their shirts came off.
And so did mine.
I was only around four or five years old and I just couldn’t comprehend why I couldn’t go around naked (because I obviously had to one-up my brother by ditching my pants as well) if I so pleased. My mom tried her best to explain it to me but eventually just gave up and tried dressing me in clothes that were more difficult for me to shed. In my limited view of the world, there was no reason a four year old girl shouldn’t be run around in her birthday suit.
But then it happened- the day that ended my stint as a recreational nudist.
One of my mom’s church friends dropped by for a visit and caught me with my pants down- literally. I was mortified, as much as a four year old child could be. I finally realized why my mom advised me not to strip down to my bare necessities: you never know when a little, old church lady is going to pop up and gush over how cute your tush-y is.
Like my four year old self, we often are unable to see the bigger picture. We can’t see how we are acting now can affect us down the road. And when God does (or doesn’t do) something in our life, it can be hard for us to understand why. We don’t know what God knows and we can’t see what God sees.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts and His ways are higher than our ways. Only God knows what the future holds and how each and every decision we make will impact it. This is why it is so vitally important that we trust and obey God! He wants what’s best for us and He has a plan to make it happen (Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11).
Like my mom’s rules about keeping my pants on, God’s will and commandments are not to harm us or to make life more difficult/unpleasant; they’re to help us and save us from our own poor judgment.
Don’t get caught with your pants down (figuratively or literally, in my case). Trust and obey the one who knows; the one who wants good things for you!
How are you trusting and obeying the Lord?