I recently came across this quote: “The modern world is a hard place to not have answers to a problem. It is a hard world in which to trust the unseen God.” My thoughts led me to this passage in Isaiah:
“Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:1-9)
Reading this passage helps settle my spirit. The world is a confusing and complex place. The pace of events seems to be growing ever faster. Leadership is failing at so many levels…but God never changes. He invites us to seek him and his wisdom. He encourages us to trust in him when we don’t have answers and we aren’t sure of what comes next.
When worried and concerned, it’s good to know the one whose ways are not my ways.