What Is He Thinking?

September 21, 2022

“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 NLT

Sometimes when we are hurting so badly, even if we would not admit it to our Bible study groups or say it aloud, our interior voice is screaming out to God, “What are you thinking?” Nothing He is doing or allowing makes sense—seems fair or just. Nothing is understandable.

It is then we must manage our minds with great intention and deliberation. We must choose to control our thought lives because our thoughts control our lives. It is in our thought life that sin either begins to take over or is rejected, where despair begins to flourish, or peace and joy exude. I must speak truth to myself, truth about the fact that when God’s plans and purposes don’t seem to align, His thoughts are far advanced to mine. I will never be disappointed when the future finishes the picture of God’s purpose in and through me.

One of my favorite authors, Ann Voscamp, spoke to my heart on this very issue as she was struggling with her own acceptance of what God was permitting in her life:


          The thing you never would choose for your life, chooses you for a reason.


          The thing that you’d never pick, picks you to become brave.


          You get what you need—by walking through what you never wanted.

          The thing you never wanted, may turn out to be the thing you need most.

          I hadn’t known: The thing that may make you fall a bit apart, may be part of what one day holds you together.

          ...there is pain that isn’t a poison but a prescription, there are broken ways that are actually breaking us free.

          The cross that is yours is always the lightest, kindest, rightest. And if that seems like flattened cliche, a crock of blarney or a flat-out lie—then the universe is telling you it’s time to intimately trace the heart of God. At least that’s one of the mysteries that’s worth binding yourself to.

          The cross you’ve been given—is always God’s kindest decision.

          The cross you carry—is carrying you toward who you are meant to be.

  • Line your thoughts up right now by realizing He doesn’t think as you do. You don’t have to understand, you must just follow, trusting He always leads to the best place.