As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. Psalm 18: 30
We would all like to live in a perfect world, wouldn’t we? We would especially like one without problems, worries, and burdens to bear – one where everyone is always happy and content. We think if only we had the perfect world and the perfect God, then our lives could be perfect too!
God doesn’t always act as we think He should, and sometimes we just don’t understand why He allows certain things to happen. And when they do, we want to blame or question His wisdom. So many times we feel as if He just doesn’t understand what we want or need. We want things to always work out in the way we want.
But a perfect life certainly isn’t the one our God created for us. We live in a broken world and there are consequences to our actions and danger all around us. He gave us these temporal bodies that will wear out, but He also gave us the hope of eternal life with Him with our new bodies. He gave us this beautiful creation for our pleasure and He gave us free will so we might choose to live in His way of truth, or live in the darkness without Him. But His greatest desire is that we will come to Him on our own out of love.
God isn’t a genie in a bottle who only gives us what our hearts desire. He has a plan for each of us and for our world. In His sovereignty, each of us is a part of the whole. And only He knows how the plan for our world will unfold. We may not always like His ways, but no one could love us or bless us more.
He is our loving Father and we are his children. He longs to care for us and have a relationship with us, He gives us wonderful people to love who love us, and He longs for us to love everyone around us. He wants us to look to Him for guidance, comfort, tenderness, mercy, hope, peace, and grace. Even more, He wants to be our refuge and comfort when we do face those difficult times of despair. He is our shield against evil and our hope for the future.
His way is perfect and His Word is “flawless” as we see how His promises have come true through the stories that are recounted in the pages of Scripture. Yes, His ways are beyond our understanding, but we can always count on Him to give us His perfect love and grace.
Dear God, so many times we question your ways and think we know what is best for us. Thank you that you know what we truly need and you look out for us with unconditional love and compassion. We are so grateful for your loving presence in our lives. Amen.