Learning God’s Ways


What I’ve noticed about God is sometimes, He may not give us a quick answer to our need. He takes us on a journey instead.

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So I have repeatedly adjusted my expectations. I sync with God; I don’t expect Him to sync with me.

I enjoy it when He answers promptly and I express my gratitude to Him; when He doesn’t, I prepare myself for a journey, possibly with some dead ends, and trust that all will turn out well.

It is good for our well-being to put our confidence in the Lord.

Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm. (Psalm 20, NIV)

Do not put your trust in princes,
    in human beings, who cannot save. (Psalm 146, NIV)


Bloganuary Day 22

It seems easier to trust Google more than we trust God. Google has all the answers. Type in anything and the answers, true or false, will come up in a millisecond.

Trusting God is a more… esoteric experience. But He challenges us to do exactly that:

It’s a heart matter, a love matter actually; people in love may act in quite irrational ways — at least that’s how pragmatic people will view it.

In my culture, we’re urged to get the 5Cs — cash, credit card, car, condominium, and membership in a country club. That’s a sign of having “arrived”.

In contrast, God tells us to be counter-culture — give up everything, including all the signs of having “arrived”, and follow Him. That is not comfortable. Not at all.

There’s even more. He says:

Jesus, I have found, has a tendency to up the ante.

Years ago, I was faced with that choice — to choose what the culture tells me is the right thing to do, or to choose what Jesus tells me to do. I did the latter.

It has been an excellent decision.