He Reminds Us His Ways Are Not Ours, But Better

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

We have entered Holy Week – a time commemorating a week in history which only makes sense when considered with hindsight.  Just as in times of great difficulty, personal pain and challenge in our own lives, how confusing Holy Week (the last week of Jesus’ earthly life) must have been to all who knew Jesus. 

On the first day He was finally swarmed by the people waving palm branches and acknowledged as king.  However, just a few days later this same population demanded (and received) his death. They had Him killed!

With the exception of John, Jesus’ mother and a few of the women, all the disciples fled and abandoned their Master and Lord, hiding in fear. The world must have seemed to have been falling apart!  Jesus, the One they had come to believe was the Son of God, who had performed miracle after miracle, including raising the dead back to life had allowed Himself to be put to death as if a criminal. 

The sky darkened.  The earth shook and the veil on the temple’s Holy of holies ripped in two.  Even a Roman soldier present at the crucifixion recognized “Surely this man was the Son of God!”  (Mark 15:39 NIV)

And yet, Jesus was dead.  How could God being God let this happen!  Wasn’t Jesus the Messiah, the Anointed One who was to save the world?

The picture of this confusing, desperate, horrendous time only becomes  clear with hindsight following the Resurrection, Ascension and Pentecost, precisely because Jesus was (and it) God.  “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD.  ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isa. 55:8-9 NIV.) Jesus never was an earthly king meant to rule on earth and die.  He was and is King over heaven, earth, the universe and all creation FOREVER.  And despite this position of authority He humbled Himself, pouring His very life out in love to redeem us to have the right to be with Him eternally. 

Jesus’ death had not made sense and yet now it does.  Likewise, each of us will encounter ugliness, evil, and things that don’t make sense or seem to need to be during our own lifetimes.  We will have difficulties and suffer and agonize as we watch those we love experience their own times of difficulty and suffering, and yet when considered from the view of eternity, just as the cross, we will rejoice in what God did with what seemed Satan’s victory and God’s defeat.  This remains earth not heaven – there is no perfection here and it will not be fair.   There is only One God.  His ways are not our ways, but higher and better.  No matter what it looks like now, stay the course and trust in Him.  Our Lord reigns!

All Scripture except where noted excerpted from the Amplified Bible.  For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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