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God's Ways Are Higher

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!  Romans 11:33 NIV

I walked through a season when I realized God’s ways are higher.

I was at a crossroads in my walk with Christ. My husband’s brokenness and subsequent addiction had taken their toll on my marriage, my children, and me. What would be my response to the suffering God had allowed in my life?

Among the myriad of emotions I experienced, I wanted the truth. But was I prepared for the answer? A simple statement spoken to me right on time shook me to the core and changed my perspective: “God allows what He hates to accomplish what He loves.”

The Lord sovereignly and tenderly reminded me that one of His great purposes is to purify me and make me more like Him. To do so, He often allows situations that bring us to His feet. I surrendered to His workings in my heart, knowing I could trust Him completely.

In Romans, Paul demonstrates that God is righteous. Despite all that happens in the world and our lives, we must trust God’s ways, rely on Him for salvation through Christ, and imitate the faith of our forefathers. This verse gives Paul’s praise for God’s infinite wisdom: Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!

Our human nature makes us want to doubt God’s ways and live in fear and anxiety, but we can trust Him no matter what. When we face a situation we did not expect, we can choose to respond with faith or fear. We will show gratitude and give praise when we choose faith.

During what appeared as a broken time in my life, the Lord penned the following words on my spirit and eventually into a song I used to praise and glorify His name: My ways are higher than yours are, even sometimes they look a little strange. But you’ve got to know I’m very much among you, doing all I can to work it all out for you.

You are safe in God’s arms and can rest in His sovereignty. Will you trust Him today in all things?

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Angie Fowler

Angie Fowler is a nurse for the medically fragile special education population in the Kingsport city school system. She is a singer-songwriter, producing a CD and devotional entitled “You Will Sing Again,” where she shares her journey as the loved one of family members suffering from chemical addiction. She leads a support group in Kingsport, TN, for women whose lives have been affected by addiction. Angie loves to study and teach the Word. A mom of five adult children and a Nana of seven, Angie values family and embraces the mission to support families in their purpose of living out the gospel in their homes and carrying it into their communities.