/The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Isaiah 55:8-9

"Perhaps this statement will cause us to remember how small we are in comparison to our God, who is all-knowing and all-powerful. The Lord taught Moses a great lesson in this regard. After he had shown Moses by vision the workmanship of his hands, he withdrew from Moses, and his glory was not upon him. Moses was left unto himself, and he fell unto the earth exhausted. It was many hours before he again received his natural strength, and when he did, he humbly said: 'Now for this cause I know that man is nothing, which thing I never had supposed.' (Moses 1:10.) This counsel should remind all of us to be meek and contrite of spirit." — Delbert L. Stapley, "General Conference Reports," 1 April 1967, p. 34

"Furthermore, God’s ways are much higher than our ways (see Isaiah 55:8–9). This reality is something which those of us in the foothills of faith should ponder before, in our provinciality, we try to force God’s doctrines through the filter of our lower ways. His is an invitation designed to lift us up in style as well as in substance." — Neal A. Maxwell, "Lord, Increase Our Faith," [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1994], p. 31

"Would it seem reasonable to an eye doctor to be told to heal a blind man by spitting in the dirt, making clay, and applying it to the man's eyes and then telling him to wash in a contaminated pool? Yet this is precisely the course that Jesus took with one man, and he was healed (see John 9:6-7). Does it seem reasonable to cure leprosy by telling a man to wash seven times in a particular river? Yet this is precisely what the prophet Elisha told a leper to do, and he was healed (see 2 Kings 5). '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.' (Isaiah 55:8-9.)" — Ezra Taft Benson, "Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet," "1980 Devotional Speeches of the Year" [Provo: BYU Press, 1981], p. 28

"At various times in our lives, probably at repeated times in our lives, we do have to acknowledge that God knows what we do not know and sees what we do not see. If you have troubles at home with children who stray, if you suffer financial reverses and emotional strain that threaten your homes and your happiness, if you must face the loss of life or health, may peace be unto your soul. We will not be tempted beyond our ability to withstand. Our detours and disappointments are the straight and narrow path to him..." — "The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter," Edited by Clyde J. Williams [Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft, 1997], p. 85

"We may mark out paths for traveling, but the Lord directs our ways, and we cannot walk safely without. We may have our ideas as to how this work is going to be built up and established, but the Lord will show us, as has been quoted... that 'As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are God's ways higher than man's ways.' We would never have reached these valleys had not the Lord guided us; and we can look back and see how wonderfully His promises have been fulfilled in our behalf. Scarcely a step could have been taken of our own choice if we had not been upheld by God and had He not sustained us in all our doings. So it will be to the end, and we will be obliged to confess that his wisdom has done it all." — George Q. Cannon, "Collected Discourses, Volume 2," 6 April 1891

The Lord knows what He wants to accomplish with each one of us. He knows the kind of reform He wants to achieve in our lives, and we do not have the right to counsel Him. His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. - Rafael E. Pino, “The Eternal Perspective of the Gospel,” Ensign (CR) May 2015

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