We Just Have to Trust Him

1 Samuel 16:7 ESV

“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart’.”

The truth behind these words goes beyond just judging someone by outward appearance. The deep truth here is that we, as humans, don’t judge things in the same way God does. We don’t see the things that he sees, and so we may not understand why he does things the way that he does.

As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been given the mind of Christ, and the Spirit of God lives within us teaching us all things, and we have been given wisdom from above and insight that we would not naturally have in ourselves, but we still only see in part.

But, as we grow in our walks of faith, we also grow in wisdom and understanding, and we get to know how God thinks and what he loves and what he hates and how he works. It doesn’t mean we are going to know everything that he is doing, but we know his character and his word.

And one thing that we should know is that God is working in situations where we can’t see him work, and in ways we are unaware of, and he is doing things that we are not capable of seeing, and so we just have to trust him, especially when we can’t see what is going on.

Sometimes we get in our heads that things ought to go a certain way, for we think that is the best way, but sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes what we may think is a tragedy is actually a blessing. We may not see it at first glance, but the Lord will help us to understand if we are willing.

For example, on the morning of 9/11/01, there were people in New York who were late for work or had their flights delayed or called in sick or whatever, but not everyone was where they thought they were going to be when that first plane hit the World Trade Center building. And because of that, some lives were spared that day, even though many were lost.

We don’t understand it all. It was a great tragedy, but we don’t know what God has done in people’s lives as a result of that. We don’t know the lives which were changed for good because of what happened to them that day. For, God’s ways are higher than our ways, so we just have to trust him.

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Words by Adelaide A. Pollard, 1907
Music by George C. Stebbins, 1907

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway.
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!

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