Learning God’s Ways

Learning God’s Ways

After years of getting to know my husband, I can finally say that I have come to understand his ways.  I know what makes him happy, how he thinks and how he handles things.  I will even go as far as to say that I understand the “why” behind what he does.  I understand his motives, principles and values.  This learning process has only come about by living closely with him, talking with him and then watching how he lives out each aspect of his life.

I have a way, you have a way and God has a way.  A way is more than just personality or principles.  It’s more than emotional or social attributes.  A way is all of those things combined.  It’s why you do what you do and includes the manner in which you react and handle life.  When you are very close to someone, you naturally begin to learn the person’s unique “way”.

Unfortunately, our ways are not the same as God’s ways.  Isaiah 53:6 tells us that each of us has “turned to his own way.”  Furthermore, Isaiah 55:8 says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.”

Need more proof that our ways are far from God’s ways?

  • Our way is to make things happen how and when we want/ God’s way is to prepare us through waiting on Him to act
  • We won’t believe something until we see it or have scientific proof / God’s way requires us to live by faith and believe without seeing
  • We avoid pain at all cost, seeking temporary relief and happiness / God’s way is to use our pain to make us more like Christ
  • Our way is to give out of our abundance / God asks that we give out of our need and trust Him to provide for us
  • We strive for knowledge and intellect / God turns man’s wisdom upside down by the power of the cross
  • Man’s way is to become strong and prideful / God desires humility and meekness
  • Man wants to become empowered to achieve his destiny / God wants us to rely on His power to accomplish His purpose for each of us
  • Man’s way is to love the world and grab all he can from life / God tells us not to love the things of this world and instead find our joy and contentment in Jesus

If our ways are so different from God’s ways, then what is the answer?  Thomas asked Jesus that very question in John 14:5, “…how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered very directly in John 14:6, “I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.”

If we follow Jesus, we will learn God’s ways and end up on His path.

What are some practical things we can do to learn God’s way?  By devoting ourselves to diligent study of God’s Word, we learn how and why God deals with His people the way that He does.  When we are in communication with God through prayer, we experience His way through a close, personal relationship with Him.  Just as I learned my husband’s ways as a result of living daily in relationship with him, we learn God’s ways by living daily in relationship with Jesus.

Isaiah 2:3, “…He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths.”

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Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.

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  1. Janet K Brown says:

    Thanks, Laurie. Wise words. What an adventure getting to know Christ in an intimate way. It takes time & communication.

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  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thanks Janet, you are so right, it is an adventure! It just gets better and better the longer I walk with the Lord. I’m so grateful for everything He has done for me.

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  3. Wonderful post, Laurie! Such wisdom in what you said. God is so awesome! (BTW: You’ve achieved something I have yet to master! I’ve been married 22 years and don’t think I’ll ever fully understand how my husband thinks. LOL!) God bless!

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  4. We were just studying in Sunday School that Paul prays for his churches that they may know God and his will, but he never prays that they will have an easy life or not be persecuted. But isn’t it amazing we are capable of knowing God’s ways, even a little?

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  5. Laurie Driesen says:

    Well, I believe I still have a lot to learn (about my husband and about God!) It’s so hard to say everything I want to say in 500 words or less! So I do the best I can. But you are so right, there is always so much to learn. The more I learn about God, the more I realize I need to learn….!

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  6. Laurie Driesen says:

    Yes, that’s so true! We really only get a glimpse of understanding. His ways are so much higher than ours. I should have added that to the post but I felt like it was so long! I am so grateful that God wants us to be in relationship with Him and allows us to come to know Him. I totally agree with you!

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