God’s Ways are Not My Own

September 16th, 2012

I’d received the sermon notes for the upcoming Sunday service. Our beloved pastor, Don Guthrie, planned to preach on “The Beatitudes”, the section of Scripture in Matthew 5 where Christ is giving His beautiful Sermon on the Mount and laying out the ways God’s kingdom here on earth will unfold. Planning the special music selections for the coming week, I carefully read through our pastor’s notes to seek God’s direction for my own offerings of worship through song. The sermon would examine how God’s ways are so counter-cultural and seem to fly in the face of all earthly reasoning. I loved the thought of God’s wisdom being so much higher than my own – for I’d long since known that to be true! There’s a beautiful simplicity of faith and trust that comes from leaning on Him – knowing that His ways and His promises will guide you, even when others may think it all so foolish. I never felt like I needed others’ approval; I was simply content knowing God knew I trusted Him and was willing to do things His way, sticking close to His side. I didn’t mind if that meant others would question my reasoning or my motivations.  After all, has He not chosen the simple things to confound the wise? It was when I was my most humbled in His presence that He could be brought the greatest glory.

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, Who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.””
-I Corinthians 1:25-31

With this in mind, I took to heart the words of the Beatitudes and penned a melody to wrap them into our hearts for the coming Sunday’s worship.

God’s Ways are Not my Own

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek of heart, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Who would’ve thought that the meek would be mighty?
Who would’ve thought that the poor would be rich?
Who would’ve thought that the hungry would be filled, the hurting would be healed?
Who would’ve thought… but God’s ways are not my own.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for their righteousness,
For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Who would’ve thought that the meek would be mighty?
Who would’ve thought that the poor would be rich?
Who would’ve thought that the hungry would be filled, the hurting would be healed?
Who would’ve thought… but God’s ways are not my own.

Written: January 7th, 2009
©2009  Amy Salter Rutherford (Matthew 5)