From our limited human perspective, God’s allowing things like stress, fatigue, pain and suffering to continue is not logical. Yet, today’s scripture and discussion question remind us that God’s ways and timing are always significant — always a worthy place to fix our hope.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, 
neither are your ways my ways,” 
declares the LORD. 
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, 
so are my ways higher than your ways 
and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
As the rain and the snow 
come down from heaven, 
and do not return to it without watering the earth 
and making it bud and flourish, 
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: 
It will not return to me empty, 
but will accomplish what I desire 
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:8-11

Can you describe a time when reading God’s Word helped you catch a vision for His “higher” thoughts and ways so that your hope was renewed or your perspective was re-shaped?

These “Finding Glory Wednesdays” posts are an online discussion series based on the books Finding Glory in the Thorns and the companion Finding Glory in the Thorns: Group Discussion Guide by Larry and Lisa Jamieson. For more information about Finding Glory Groups, visit