Thinking on Another Level
Have you ever struck up a conversation with someone about a mutual topic of interest, only to find that your knowledge of the subject was…well, lacking? You thought you understood what was going on and then the other person started talking on another level? Sometimes it feels like that in life too. You think you understand God’s plan and then circumstances change. Then you feel like you don’t understand anything anymore!
Think about Joseph. He was doing what his father asked of him, only to be sold into slavery. Then, he did his best as a slave, only to be thrown in prison. In prison, he tried to be a model prisoner and help out his fellow inmates, only to be forgotten. Even after all that, God still had a plan. That plan ultimately turned Joseph from a prisoner into a prince, and ultimately, the one who saved the known world (and more importantly, Israel) from famine.
What about Job? In Job 7:2, he says that the person who works hard through the day looks forward to a break from the sun, but it feels like he can’t get a break from the struggles he is enduring. “Well,” you might think, “His struggles were brought on by his own bad choices.” On the contrary! In God’s own words to Satan, Job is called “a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil.” That’s quite a testimony! So if Job was doing all those things right, why did he go through the difficulties that he faced? Again, God had a bigger, more important plan in play.
In Mark 11, Jesus tells his disciples to do something that doesn’t make sense. They are supposed to go to a nearby city, find a donkey and take it without even asking. If anybody asks, just tell them, “The Master hath need of it.” Doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense.
But what makes even less sense is the response of the people, and how it changes in the course of just one week. If everybody loved Jesus, then why, a week later, are they lobbying to kill him? God had a bigger plan in motion.
Romans 11 talks about how God seemingly abandoned Israel to allow the Gentiles (that’s us) to receive the Gospel. So did God just stop caring about the Jews? Not at all. This spiritual blindness of the Jews is only temporary. There will be a time when they turn back to God. In the meantime though, the free gift of eternal life has been opened to all! They may be rejecting the Savior now, but as God’s chosen people, they are still loved!
So what do all these things have in common? Sometimes, God’s choices and actions don’t make sense to us. Many times in my own life, I have been tempted to think that maybe God made a mistake, or that something slipped by Him. However, each time, I find these truths from Romans 11:33-36:
1. God has a much deeper understanding of my life (and everything else) than I do. 2. If I try to give God advice, it would be comical how ignorant I would sound. 3. God’s plan will bring Him glory, and in so doing will be what’s best for me as well.
Sometimes, God’s plan doesn’t make sense, like Joseph, or Job, or the Jews, but God’s plan is always best. “As for God, His way is perfect…and [He] maketh my way perfect.” Psalm 18:30a, 32b