Sunday, 17 May 2015

Sunday Thoughts


"But the Lord said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn't make decisions the way you do. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”" ~ 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT, my emphasis)
When I was 14 I got a job in a tea room. I wanted to be a waitress, but the owner put me in the back in the kitchen washing dishes. She later made a comment that I was kept in the back because I was too short to be a waitress. I never quite found out what she meant by that. Maybe she thought I looked too young to work there, or maybe it was just because I couldn't reach the teapots, but it annoyed me for the two years that I worked there, that I wasn't allowed out front. But that was her decision.

How comforting to know that God doesn't make decisions the way we do! Can you imagine - the in-decisiveness! The lists of pros and cons, the umming and ahhing, the twisted logic that we base our decisions on.

So often, the right decisions in my life have been the ones that, on paper, to human understanding, look like madness. Like when we got pregnant, quit our jobs, moved into my in-laws attic with no jobs and no home but felt like this was what God wanted us to do and where He wanted us to be. Madness!

If God made decisions the way we do, there would be no risks, no leaps of faith - how boring!

But God knows the bigger picture. We make decisions based on the facts, on what we can see. God makes decisions based on what He can see. And He can see everything! The past, the present, the future, heart attitudes, intentions, motives.

God's decisions are way better that our decisions.

We might just have to trust Him sometimes and trust the decision making process.


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