October 20, 2011
(The LORD said) "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9
The headline of the story said the brilliant minds employed at Panasonic had come up with a new invention: a robot with 24 fingers which can wash people's hair.
Immediately I thought how silly can you get? I'll write a Daily Devotion on people's search for ridiculous gadgetry. At least that was my intent.
To make a long story short, this is that devotion. But it certainly hasn't gone where I thought it would. That's because both the story and the invention -- are more -- far more than I thought.
Let me explain. For years Japan has had a low birth rate. As a result, the average age of the Japanese is rising and the number of young to take care of the elderly is declining. The folks at Panasonic thought we can't change aging or birth rates, but we can come up with some inventions that will help eliminate some of the more boring, time-consuming jobs that must be done. In this way our caretakers will be freed to do work which is more worthwhile.
From my new perspective, that is, having read the article, I was able to understand.
Over the years the same thing has happened to me in regard to comprehending God's will.
He does or allows something to happen which just doesn't make sense to me. Using my very limited vision and incredibly small bit of understanding, I judge Him ... and sometimes I judge Him harshly. Yes, I know that's terrible and wrong, but I've done it, and you probably have too.
• It is only later, when we look back, that we can get some insights into the Lord's good purpose.
• Only in retrospect do we realize that God's ways and thoughts are truly above ours.
• Only when we examine all the evidence are we able to comprehend that God is always good and His ways are always best.
You would think by now we would understand that we would put the best construction on all which the Lord does. The ability to pray, "Thy will be done," and mean it is a quality of faith for which we need to pray.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I believe in You; help my unbelief. Today I ask You to keep me from doubting and criticizing You. Send Your Holy Spirit upon me so I may be able to trust You with all my heart, soul and mind. This I pray in the Savior's Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries