I think we often limit God to our own view of the situations we’re in, without even realising we’re doing it. If I’m struggling with something, I’ve normally got a good idea of how I think God should sort things out and I’ll pray He does it that way. I know what I think I’m good at, and so I’m (sometimes) ready to let God use me in those ways. If I remember to look for God’s guidance, then I’ll subconsciously give Him multi-choice options to see which He picks.
But God is so much bigger than we are. So much bigger than we can imagine! And His ideas for the situations we’re in are inevitably so much bigger than we can imagine too.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’”.
When we limit God to what we think He can or should do, we not only miss out on the extra that He’s got for us but we often miss Him altogether. We wait for an age for God to answer our prayers in a particular way, to guide us between particular paths, or to use us in a particular way.
Sometimes God’s timing isn’t our timing, and He does just want us to be patient, but other times He’s ready to act and answer; it’s just that the action or answer isn’t the one we’re waiting for and so we completely miss it and carry on waiting.
The challenge is to step back, to look up to God, and to try to broaden our horizons to match His. Whatever is most on your mind right now, maybe take a minute to give it to God afresh, trying to lay aside any preconceived answers or outcomes, simply being open to His answers - whatever they may be.
God’s thoughts aren’t our thoughts. His answer might not be the one we’re expecting, or He might want to use us in a way that feels far beyond our comfort zone or abilities. The great news, though, is that His ways are higher and better than our ways.
However scary it feels, we’re so much better off on His path with Him alongside us than we are hopelessly waiting for Him to come round to our way of thinking!