“My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
— Isaiah 55:8
We all have expectations of God. For one thing, most of us think it makes sense to be rewarded for good behavior. We expect God thinks that too. When we’re good, doing all the “right things,” we expect God to notice and protect us as well as reward us. When he does not always do that, we may be tempted to grumble, but we won’t grumble loudly or noticeably because that would not be the right thing to do. We wait, though. We wait for our reward.
I’ve needed to abandon my expectations of God. I know all that great Scripture about God’s ways not being my ways, but it’s hard for me to swallow the fact that he does not always seem fair. (I know. I’ll never get a reward for talk like that.)
Now I too know what I didn’t know then. By abandoning my expectation of God and realizing I can’t coerce his mystery into a predictable formula based upon the merit system, I free up more space in my mind for his ways. And because his ways are not my ways, I have to choose to let him be God and rest in his invitation to trust him. I don’t always do that well, but I know it is the only path to peace.
— Marilyn Meberg
Excerpted from Love Me Never Leave Me © 2008 by Marilyn Meberg. Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Used with permission. All rights reserved.
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