In the movie called "The Ten Commandments" we hear an interesting conversation between Moses and his wife Zipporah. Moses is questioning why God had not delivered his people. Zipporah responds, "Can a man judge God? No Moses! We cannot see His whole purpose." We can see in Scripture part of God's plan and what he instructs Moses to say to Pharaoh, who will not release God's people: "But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." (Exodus 9:16) God even had a purpose for Pharaoh!
We do not see things from God's perspective. He knows the end from the beginning. "...I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning; from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purposes will stand, and I will do all that I please...What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do." (Isaiah 46:9-11) Our perspective on a situation is not complete; God's is. "'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.’" (Isaiah 55:8-9)
During a recent family vacation, I got an interesting understanding of this concept. The Horseshoe Falls of Niagara Falls are situated between the United States and Canada. In the United States there is another set of falls called The Bridal Veil Falls. The Falls are fed by the Niagara River that is split by a large island called Goat Island. There are two bridges between the island and the United States Niagara mainland and one bridge between the American and Canadian side of the Falls. As we walked around on the first day, I was totally confused about the layout of all of this. It was not until we ate dinner on the Canadian side of the Falls at a restaurant with a revolving observation tower that I could understand the layout of all the sites and how to move from one location to another. At this higher elevation I had a full perspective.
All of us have had or will have a situation in our lives that we do not understand, and we may be tempted to question God about what He allows or ordains. We may even be angry with God because we think we have a better way of doing things. This is where faith and trust in the love of God comes in. Everything He does and says is driven by love! He is invested in our welfare and partners with us to bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth.
The end of Psalm 23 is so comforting and encourages our belief in a compassionate and loving God who is always looking after our welfare. Verse 6 says, "So why do I fear the future? For Your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life..." (TPT) King David praises the Lord's purposes in Psalm 33:10-15. "The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for His inheritance. From heaven the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from His dwelling place He watches all who live on earth—He who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do." We are blessed to have the God of the Universe watching over all of us and lovingly directing our lives. As the writer of Proverbs says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Joan E. Mathias