“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering 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.”
God’s ways are higher than my ways, and his thoughts are higher than my thoughts. I’ve been in many situations in my life where I wondered, “Why, God? Why would you allow this to happen to me? Why did this have to happen now?” From friends who experience chronic illness, to brokenness within my own family, I have often been plagued with questions of “why?”
Recently, I gave a testimony at a church where I spoke about this, and I finished off by saying that in those moments of desperation and of reaching out to God for answers, He has met with me and pointed me to the cross, and my questions of “why?” begin to shift. I slowly start to wonder, “Why, God? Why the cross? Why would you go so far for me?” It’s in those moments where God has comforted me and shifted my perspective that I have come to deeply know a profound truth. The pain that we experience, and the suffering that we are put through, are challenges that can either overcome us or be overcome by us. I sincerely believe that every type of trial we experience in this present life is meant to make us stronger and more capable of sharing the message of who Jesus is. Because of the nature of this broken world, (a broken world that we caused) life will never be perfect. But it’s through the imperfection that the perfection of Jesus can be shown. It’s in the darkness that the light of God can be most powerfully seen.
Earlier in Isaiah 55, he writes:
Listen closely, and come even closer. My words will give life,
for I will make a covenant with you that cannot be broken, a promise
Of My enduring presence and support like I gave to David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander among the nations.
Now you will issue a call to nations from all over the world—
people whom you do not know and who do not know you.
They will come running, because of Me, your God
because the Eternal, the Holy One of Israel, has made you beautiful.
Isaiah 55:3-5 The Voice
God has accomplished a profound work in those of us who have chosen to believe in him. He made a covenant with us and promised to never leave us, and he has transformed us into something beautiful. God called us into a new life, and then commanded us to go out and issue a call ourselves. Because of this truth, I can rest assured that the light and momentary affliction that I experience here on earth will be nothing compared to the eternal weight of glory that God has prepared for me in heaven.