7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
Let’s admit it; we all wish that we could have it our way. Often, we think our way is how things should go. We’ve got it all planned out. Everything is perfect. Then what happens? Something falls through. Something doesn’t add up. Or sometimes it all just goes horribly, horribly wrong.
Sometimes this may happen because we planned incorrectly and trusted ourselves more than the Lord, and sometimes it happens simply because we are all meant to face obstacles in our lives. In either case, we can learn one very important lesson: The Lord’s ways are higher than ours. Our Father in Heaven knows our strengths and weaknesses inside and out. He knows this world inside and out. He knows the doings of life, both the good and the bad, in every shape and form.
The perspective of man is limited. We cannot see ahead, we can barely see what’s already in our face, and we often forget what we have already witnessed. This is why we must put our trust in the Lord to guide us. He knows the better way. It may not be the easiest, shortest, or most fun, but it is the higher way. By trusting in the Lord and His ways instead of our own, we can follow the path that will help us to grow and receive the experiences that will be most beneficial.
Though our thoughts and ambitions may be driven by greed, by pride, or by weakness, Heavenly Father’s thoughts are driven by unconditional, godlike love and wisdom that knows no bounds.
I testify that the Lord knows the better way. May we trust in Him enough to be willing to subject ourselves to Him and take it.