Read Psalm 86. Today, we are looking at the ways of God. In Psalm 86:11, it says: “Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name” (ESV). This verse from Psalm 86 is the verse that kicked off this month of study. The Passion Translation breaks down the way of God as how He works and how He moves.
How does God work? God works in mysterious ways. We cannot fully understand His ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). God’s work is never-ending. He has never ceased working (John 5:17). He does not take breaks, even when we think He is silent or absent (Psalm 121:4). God’s ways are good. God causes everything to work together for good (Romans 8:28). God is good to all (Psalm 145:9). God gives good gifts (James 1:17). God does the impossible (Luke 18:27). God does things we could never do in our own strength.
How does God move? God moves with patience (2 Peter 3:9). He does not jump at things. God moves with grace, with mercy, with unfailing love (Psalm 145:8). He blesses us though we do not deserve it. He also does not give us the punishment we rightfully deserve. He loves us unconditionally, because His love isn’t based on us and our merits— He loves because of who He is! God moves with justice and faithfulness (Deuteronomy 32:4, Isaiah 30:18). We can trust that He won’t let us down. Yes, there are times we are disappointed with the current state of life, but we can trust that He wants our very best, and that all of His promises will be fulfilled. We can trust that He will carry out the good work He has for your life (Philippians 1:6). We can trust that He will make all things right in His time (Deuteronomy 32:35, Revelation 20:11-15, Revelation 21:5).
Lord, open my eyes to see You more clearly. I seek Your face. “Teach me more about You, how You work and how You move, so that I can walk onward in Your truth until everything within me brings honor to Your name” (Psalm 86:11 TPT). Amen!