Each week, we share some words of reflection by one of our partners in the form of a devotional.  This week, we present a devotional written by Toi Olden.The Word:
“‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares 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 (NASB)

The Story:
When difficult situations occur in our lives, we are often told to figure out a way to get ourselves out of the mess, since we got ourselves into it. We are taught in school, by our parents, and on our jobs to be problems solvers. It is instilled in us to rely on our own knowledge to figure out how to live. However, the Bible explains that the Lord knows all, and His guidance and His understanding are greater and more in-depth than ours will ever be. Knowing this, we can release control to the Lord and accept that He knows what is best.

The Reflection:
Let us ask ourselves why we struggle to trust our all-knowing God. Why do we choose to follow our own paths instead of the Lord’s, whose vision is beyond 20/20? Our solutions will not turn out better than His.

The Application:
This week, let’s commit to trust that God understands everything about us and our lives. Our answers are not more divine than His infinite wisdom. When we feel led to find our own solutions, let us first turn to the Lord in prayer.

The Prayer:
Lord, we commit today to trust You and to let You guide our paths because Your ways and thoughts are far higher ours. Please don’t let us be our own stumbling blocks. Amen.