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God Works in Mysterious Ways
Have you ever heard someone say God works in mysterious ways? He actually doesn’t work in mysterious ways. He doesn’t want to be mysterious to us. Quite the opposite, he wants to be very well known to us. Why then, would he work in mysterious ways?
God does work in ways that we don’t understand, but this saying is most likely a simplified paraphrasing of some verses that we’re not supposed to have confusion about.
Let’s put it this way, I don’t want my daughter to just blindly dismiss something she doesn’t understand because she thinks it’s mysterious. I want her to understand the ways that I am guiding her, teaching her, and equipping her for life. I don’t want any of it to be mysterious to her.
God doesn’t want that for any of his children either.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.
That doesn’t sound mysterious, that sounds inviting.
Isaiah 55:8-9 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.
That doesn’t sound mysterious either. That sounds like I can really trust him with him guiding me.
Ecclesiastes 11:5 Says, as you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.
Although I may not understand how He does this, I’m glad that He does because He makes everything. I don’t want that responsibility.
God works in mysterious ways. What about bad things happening to good people? We could open up thousands of ethical questions about God working in mysterious ways and why does He let those atrocities happen across the globe. That’s a mystery, right? I can tell you that I don’t have that answer.
But we look down our noses at God and judge Him for the limited amount of information that we have on the situation. We usually don’t have a fraction of the information needed to make a judgement call, on claiming that God is working in this mysterious way.
It would be like sentencing someone to life in prison because they said the phrase “I’m killing it” when describing their day. We don’t have near enough information about that situation, to make that type of a judgment. But we do about God.
Matthew 5:37 Let your yes be yes, and your no be no.
We have a saying in our family, Say what you mean, mean what you say. But we certainly don’t say that it’s from the Bible. Let’s make sure and not make the assumption, and find out for ourselves.
In this case, it’s not saying this saying is wrong, it’s just simply not in the Bible.
1 Corinthians 2:14 May shed some light on this subject. It says the person without the spirit does not accept the things that come from the spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.
That’s like me trying to explain the number purple with your nose. Exactly. It doesn’t make any sense. How can I explain the number purple with your nose? It doesn’t make any sense because you are trying to figure it out with the equipment you have. The equipment that you have is not even designed to compute it. This scripture explains that God gives us a decoder ring through His Spirit.
God doesn’t want us to think of Him as some big mystery in the sky. Because he’s not, he never leaves us or forsakes us. He’s right here.
He wants me to understand his ways. So that when I see the life around me differently, I can still choose what he puts in front of me. He always puts in front of me life or death. Remember? We have the power to choose. When things start to become no longer a mystery, but I see them as guidance to perpetually choose life, that will be the beginning of Living the Freedom Life.