“’My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’” – Isaiah 55:8-9
Do you have assumptions about what God should or shouldn’t do? Be careful, because assumptions do not lead to good outcomes. For Job, it led to depression. He was sad and depressed, and his depression led him to question God.
Many people believe the book of Job is exclusively a story of suffering. But it’s really not. It’s a journey of understanding God’s justice. Job had a false assumption about God that many of us have today. The assumptions looked something like this:
Wise + Good = Blessings and Success
Righteous = Rewards
Evil + Bad = Punishments and Consequences
And that is why Job was upset with God! His circumstances didn’t make sense based on his perception of God and the way He operated. In Job’s mind, he was an innocent, righteous, and good man. So his suffering wasn’t of divine justice.
This all came because Job made assumptions about how God should act. But we know from Isaiah 55:8-9 that the Lord says, “’My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.’”
Have you been let down or disappointed in God because He didn’t do what you thought He should do? Nothing good comes from false assumptions. We cannot possibly understand the mind of God because He is so much higher and so much wiser than we are. He sees so much more than we see.
What He is doing is in our best interest. If you are disappointed in what God is doing, it might be time to stop assuming and start trusting. Let God put the pieces of your life in place. I promise you will not be disappointed in the work of God!