The Ways of God

Jun 30, 2004 04:24 AM EDT

To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me. Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed. Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. (Psalm 25:1-4 NASB)

The church is filled with people who have made sincere decisions for Christ, and yet have no idea how God operates. Although they understand Jesus Christ died for their sin, they cannot grasp how the power of God can impact their day-to-day lives. This is a tragedy that breeds uninformed, unempowered Christians.

When we don't understand the ways of God, we get off track. Rather than seeking His mind, we rely on our own. Rather than obeying His will, we follow our own. Rather than waiting on His timing, we act on our own. Do you see a pattern here? When God's daily power is removed from our understanding, all we have left is our own best efforts. And that is never enough for abundant living.

God does not hide His ways from us. He does not want us to go about our lives completely ignorant of how He operates. (Psalm 103:7) Although we may not fully understand His plan (Romans 11:33), we can put ourselves in a position to see His work in the world. We will not truly "see" God until we approach Him in trust and humility, asking Him to reveal Himself in a fresh way. Moses did this, and the result was an amazing experience of the Almighty. (Exodus 33:11-23)

We discover God through prayer, the Scriptures, and meditation. He has given us His holy Word so that we might gain a clear picture of His ways. If you are having difficulty "seeing" Him, open the Bible with renewed vigor and ask for a fresh glimpse today. That is a prayer God always wants to answer.

Copyright © 2004 IN TOUCH Magazine. In Touch Ministries. Used with Permission. All Rights Reserved.