4th February 2011

My Way Is The High Way

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)

While visiting my son on the farm in Ireland, several of the cattle got out of their pasture.  My granddaughters and I helped Richard drive the cattle back into the field.  One of the cows, however, went the wrong side of the fence and ran alongside the others up the field, with the fence in between.  Despite our best efforts to drive this lone cow back down the fence line to the gate so she could return to the herd, she escaped us again and again, returning to the spot on the other side of the fence from where she wanted to be.

I got to thinking about this poor cow and how we are sometimes like that.  We’re on the wrong side of the fence to where we want to be and things all seem to be going the wrong way.  It is difficult in the midst of trials to see how this could be the best route to happiness.  This is when we can take heart in the scriptures such as Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”  And James 1:3, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.”

Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”  We can put our faith and trust in God who sees the big picture—he knows the way we should go.  Sometimes that way seems a backward step to us, but if we are following Jesus Christ, his way leads to salvation.

Unlike the cow who does not understand about gates, we can ask God to “Open to me the gates of righteousness:  I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:” (Psalm 118:19)  Although narrow is the way (Matthew 7:14), we can “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4)

Prayer
Lead us into the gates of righteousness, Lord, and in the way that leads to life.  Help us to put our trust in you to work things out for good.
Amen

Study by Nancy Silcox 

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