Higher Ways Than Yours

The past few months I have found myself questioning the purpose of things that have happened in my life and in the lives of those I love.   I am always praying and seeking God’s will, but it just seems as though the purpose is so concealed, so hidden.  I believe I have heard people say they wonder if their prayers go higher than the ceiling.  Yes, that has been my thought process lately.

This is especially true when there is someone needing salvation from their pointless, dark, and destructive lifestyle.  I’m not always led to pray for everyone, but every now and then, a ‘someone’ is put in my path, in my life, and then in my heart in such a way that I cannot NOT keep praying for their souls, their lives, their spirits, their minds.   Yet, there is no evidence of any changes in their life or if there are, in my case, it seems as if the issues become worse!  As I sought out the Lord regarding this, He reminded me of the verse in Zechariah,

“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).

I stare at the words and realize that I want something, some evidence of fruit through my prayers and my actions.  Yet, that is not how the LORD of Hosts works.  He reminds me of his words to Isaiah,

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

These words always bring my lofty thoughts back down to earth where I actually live and breathe realizing to Him I sound like a little field mouse telling the big lion what to do.    God works in ways that I don’t.  I may want someone’s  eyes opened today to the spiritual blessings of knowing Yeshua, but maybe tomorrow or next week or next year would be the better time.  I’m impatient.

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without water the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my Word that goes out from my mouth:  It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).

The Word, when I speak it, write it and share it so another can hear it, will accomplish what the LORD desires it to accomplish, not necessarily what I think it should accomplish.  It will not return to Him empty though for me, it may seem that way.  Until He’s ready to open my eyes,  I can only be the willing vessel and take His Word to that ‘someone.’

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I. Send me” (Isaiah 6:7-9).

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