The Means of Jesus: the Ways of God, pt. 2

As we’ve already defined it, God’s ways represent His path on a matter.  His ways are depicted throughout the Scriptures and are there for our discovery and application.  God’s ways were desired by Moses (Exodus 33:13-14) and by David (Psalm 25:4-5).  Psalm 103:7 tells us, “He [God] made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel…” and Micah 4:2 states, “Many nations will come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.  HE will teach us His ways, so that we may walk in His paths.”  After allotting the land to the tribes of Israel, Joshua 22:5 says, But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him and to serve Him with all of your heart and all your soul. 

The ways of God reveal the “hows” of God: how He sees things; how He approaches things; how He acts and responds to things.  Again, it’s His path on a matter.

Here are a few examples to reinforce the ways of God in Scripture:

  • God’s path to receiving grace is to exercise humility (James 4:6)
  • God’s path on relating well to one another is to honor (Romans 12:10)
  • God’s path on living as a godly husband is to lay your life down for you wife (Ephesians 5:25)
  • God’s path on really living live is to lose it (John 12:24-26)
  • God’s path to inner healing is through repentance and forgiveness (1 John 1:9)
  • God’s path on gaining wisdom is to walk in the Fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10)
  • God’s path on making wise decisions is to wait on God (Lamentations 3:25)
  • God’s path to reconciling relationships is to have an attitude of repentance and restitution as reflected in the Prodigal Son, and forgiveness expressed by the Father (Luke 15:11-32)

A Chronic habit among sincere followers of Jesus is doing God’s work our way.  Francis Shaeffer said, “We must do the Lord’s work in the Lord’s way.”  We often get the direction from the Lord, but then somehow we take it in our own hands to implement.  In other words, we get the “where I am to go and what I am to do” pat from God, but then we don’t follow through on the “how do you want me to go about doing it?” part.  To be clear, God has given us good minds and wonderful experiences to draw on.  However, even those can be flawed!  Ask me (or better yet, ask my wife!) how I know.

Our God not only gave Adam a garden to tend, but He also shared with him how to go about doing it.  He asked Noah to build an ark and cared enough to tell him how to construct it!  He spoke to Moses to raise a Tabernacle for Him and provided details of how He wanted it erected.  The same is true with the Levites and priests when it came to worship; Joshua and the taking of the land; David’s building of the Temple; the plan to reconcile man to God; the reproducing of disciples, etc.  God’s ways are revealed throughout the Scriptures.  They show us how to do God’s work His way!

Reflection Points

What is something you are currently walking through and how are you looking for the ways of God in the midst of it?  Or not?

Along with the Scriptures, who in your life represents your greatest source of learning the Ways of God?

In light of those God has given you to influence and disciple, are you modeling the Ways of God for them through your life?  Are you actively and deliberately reproducing those ways in them?