Proverbially Speaking / Chapter 16

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 16:25)

This might seem like a real downer at first glance, but if you’ll give me a few moments, I’d like to open up a different perspective of it, if I may, dear reader.

There are many ways that the world and the human mind like to “fix” things. Politics and even religion are big fixers, but since neither really connects to the Divine Mind directly, they provide limited solutions. Seldom does this do little more than make things worse, and when it does do any good, the solutions are temporary and fleeting. They may also be subject to personal agendas and not committed to longer term and larger perspectives. Human decisions and “helps” are subject to human limitation, and often the “ends” we want fixed cannot possibly justify the means of attaining a good outcome. This always reminds me of what our daughter’s riding instructor used to say: Nothing good can come out of anything bad. A “stable” idea in any arena of life!

So the finite mind can come up with some really good or some really bad ideas. None of them last (fortunately in some cases), but are more like bandaids on cancers, ineffectual and harmless at best, utterly counterproductive at worst – whether it’s politics, medicine, science, education, you name it… or just everyday life.

So where are the lasting and positive answers? In the Infinite Mind of God!

God’s Mind contains essentially the “vision” of all that ever has been, all that is, and all that ever will be. All of it is contained in the ever present now. There is no time or space or limitation in the Mind of the Almighty. We’re informed, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.” (Isaiah 55:8,9) In other words, God sees it all. We see only our little myopic point of view. We’re reminded, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained, but happy is he who keeps the law” (Proverbs 29:18 NASB). This word “vision” is also translated revelation, prophetic vision, or even redemptive revelations (per the Amplified Bible) – meaning wisdom that comes from the Divine Mind.

Yet apparently, this gap between our mind and God’s Mind is not necessarily supposed to remain a gap, for He indicates that apparently some understand that it’s acceptable for His people to approach Him for answers that work, and it is in fact a delightful thing to do so: “Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.” (Isaiah 58:2)

This may seem a little scary. We have, after all, these religious images of God that can get in the way of the direct approach. The big scary-looking mean guy in the sky and that sort of thing.

Many also believe they cannot approach the Heavenly Father without the mediation of priests, ministers, rituals, or some other sorts of middleman. These ideas can make us feel unworthy of approaching our images and ideas about God, when God Himself invites us to feel free to show up in His Presence – which is everywhere – at any time.

Instead the invitation still holds down through time: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5). God promises that if we need to know where the answers are, what the solutions are – from a divine perspective – we are invited to come to Him in faith, without doubting. We trust as we offer our prayers.

Or we may sit in the Silence and wait, as in meditation. The answer may not arrive immediately, but a posture of quiet reverence and receptivity may just allow for that answer to gently enter our awareness. Or it may come to us at another time, maybe even when we least expect it. What we need is to be receptive and grateful.

Since God knows all there is to know from A to Z, “it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24). God’s Infinite Mind, since He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent, sees the questions with which we approach Him, and knows the answers we need and what is the best way and time for us to receive them.

Sometimes this requires laying aside doubt and impatience. We might even need to ask Him for this kind of Faith and Patience, so that our little ego self doesn’t pitch a tantrum because it expects that its own desired outcome is needed right now, thus limiting God’s best for us.

It’s easier to complain and whine, and to gripe and be afraid. But there is a higher Way, an invitation, that goes like this: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6.7) . That phrase, “be careful for nothing” is better translated “be anxious for nothing.” Instead, bring everything to God in prayer.

Realize that this is your Heavenly Father you’re approaching, the same one of whom it is said, “… God is Love.” (1John 4:8).

Want to get closer? Want to know those ways that are not our ways? Oddly enough this song, which is not religious at all, suggests a beautiful approach for relating to God and to His ways. As you listen to it, imagine yourself sitting with our Heavenly Father and what it’s like as you relate these words to Him. He’s waiting for you…


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