We all have ways of doing things. As human beings, created in the image of God and given the ability to make choices, sometimes we disagree. God gives us this license when it comes to earthly things.
However, when it comes to things of a spiritual nature, God has made it clear how he desires things to be done. Yet, even in spiritual things, God lets us choose whether or not we are going to follow his word or human reasoning.
The thing we must remember is that God’s way is perfect. The Psalmist wrote, “As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him” (Psalm 18:30). A buckler was a small rounded shield carried in the hand or worn on the arm. So God is a shield to all who will place their trust wholly in him.
The promises God has made always come true. One of the greatest promises God ever made was to his servant Abraham, when he promised that in him all “nations of the world would be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). This promise was fulfilled in Christ.
God has a plan for man’s salvation. He gave his Son to die for the sins of mankind (John 3:16). He has given us the Bible – his word to know how he desires us to serve him (2 Tim. 3:16,17). In this word we find examples in the book of Acts that show us how individuals obeyed God to become his children. They believed in Jesus as God’s Son, they repented of their sins, confessed Christ before men and were baptized for the remission of their sins (Acts 2:38; 8:29-39).
Throughout time, people have tried to come up with other ways of pleasing God. Some turned to making idols, while others worshipped the creation of God rather than God himself. And still others changed what God commanded to suit their own way of thinking (Rom. 1:22-25; Matt. 15:9).
God spoke through the prophet Isaiah concerning man’s ways and thoughts compared to his: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isa. 55:8, 9).
God’s way will lead to heaven, while man’s way will lead to destruction (Matt. 7: 13, 15). We all must see the need to follow the perfect way – God’s way.