Thinking and Seeing Like God:
One of a handful of scriptural passages that help explain the disparity between God and man is found in the Old Testament when Samuel was looking for a King to replace Saul. It’s the story of Samuel inviting the house of Jesse, upon the Lord’s instruction, to come to the Bethlehem to partake in a sacrificial ceremony. During this ceremony, Jesse’s sons are brought before Samuel to find which one would be anointed King. On one occasion one of Jesse’s sons stands before Samuel, and Samuel looks at him and is sure, Eliab, is the right one for the job. God responds with these words in 1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart. This was a bit of an eye-opener even for God’s prophet, Samuel. God is able to use an evaluation process man is not capable of using. It’s unique and sometimes even unexplainable. As you may remember, seven of Jesse’s sons are brought before Samuel and none of them are chosen. Upon further questioning, it’s revealed that there is one more son, and that son is called from his job of tending the sheep out in the field and as David stood before Samuel, the Lord confirmed David should be anointed as King.
A second passage that gives us even a stronger sense of our lack of ability to think or see like God comes from a powerful passage in Isaiah. Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. There it is! Right in front of us in black and white! While it’s an absolute fact that we can’t think or see like God, why is it we trust in our own thoughts and feelings on behalf of God?? Like somehow, we are capable to direct our paths, and we are comfortable to lean on our own understanding. The interesting thing is just when a person thinks they are figuring out how God thinks, God throws a "curve-ball" and we realize our mistaken assumptions.
To be candid, we are going through this "curve-ball" process right now. We really thought by now we would be in Israel serving as volunteers with an Israeli organization. We have spent the last three months expecting to hear any day from Israel, and things just have not gone as we expected. At this point, we are not sure what the outcome will be. There is no guarantee that we will get our visas. We do know this! God’s got this all figured out, and regardless of the outcome, He will direct our future steps. As we continue to wait, we do trust in the One who promises in Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in Jehovah with all thy heart, And lean not upon thine own understanding: In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.