HIS WAYS ARE NOT OUR WAYS
Is. 55:8-9 “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.
I’ll never forget the way the Lord answered my prayer for help in our ministry back in 1990. We had gone through four terrible financial years. Those years had taken a toll on me, our church, and frankly, I wasn’t sure I wanted to continue in ministry. That’s when the Lord answered my prayers. It didn’t come in the way I expected, I have learned His help seldom does. I was waiting for a wealthy person to write a check or attendance and tithers to greatly increase. Those things didn’t happen. What happened was very strange. The Lord told our church to reach out to the poor. That sounded like just another weight being thrown on my back, it turned out to be God’s strange plan of delieverance and provision. During that season we began several ministries to the needy. Feed the Multitudes, Sunday outreach to the homeless, even an inner city children’s ministry. The people in Victory Fellowship began to reach out to the hurting in multiple ways. That is when the miracle began. The miracle began in our hearts. As we poured out on others, our hearts began to change. In the midst of our new focus, somehow the bills began to be paid. Charles Spurgeon spoke about God’s unusual ways to do things, check this out.
“He is not dependent upon ordinary methods but can surprise His people with novelties of wisdom and power. Thus are we made to see more of God than ordinary processes could have revealed. Although the LORD may not appear for us in the way we expect, or desire, or suppose, yet He will in some way or other provide for us. It is a great blessing for us to be raised above looking to secondary causes so that we may gaze into the face of the great First Cause.”
Today our country and our city are facing difficult financial times again. It’s in these kinds of times that revival tends to come. Maybe the stirrings that began in a personal need will put you in touch with the Lord. Remember, His ways are not our ways. In the midst of these tough times I hear the Lord calling us to remember the poor once again. He is turning our attention back to the streets. Maybe that is where your miracle is waiting. Maybe your miracle will come as you show practical love to someone hurting worse than you are. He taught us that when you give to the poor you are lending to the Lord. HE ALWAYS PAYS HIS DEBTS. If you are crying out to the Lord for help, especially in the area of finances, maybe it’s time to look arround, maybe there are people He is calling you to help.