Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The Scriptures tell us we can know His ways are straight and we can know His ways are straight through waiting on God with hope.
O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? (Acts 13:10, NKJV)
The word used here for straight in the Greek means straight, usually used of the heart being right and true. The ways of the Lord are straight, right, or true because His character is such; He always stays true to Himself. There are no imitations to the Lord’s ways (as it relates to what is revealed) for the benefit of our lives and His purpose for us, for nothing compares to the ways of God, and the Father supplies each and every need of His children. What is revealed is what we need and what we need is always straight and true.
In this story where this text comes from there is an imitator, a sorcerer and false prophet who was with the proconsul, a Roman official. The enemies of God often align with government to pervert the ways of God. Perverting in the Greek as used here denotes the act of separating people from the plain and true ways of God. The Enemy of our souls wants to pervert the ways of the Lord by using the crooked ways of man (Isaiah 40:4; Isaiah 42:16; Deuteronomy 32:5; Psalm 125:1-5; Isaiah 59:8; Philippians 2:9; and Luke 3:5) and make us believe there are limitations, or difficulties in determining the true will of the Father. Satan wants to confuse us concerning the use of God’s ways and guidance in our lives.
The ways of the Lord are discernable despite the smokescreens put up by the Adversary and can be followed by people called by Him. We must always be on guard for those wanting to separate us from His ways. Those who are waiting on God are able to discern the deceit and fraud used by the enemies of God because they are seeking only the straight and true ways of the Lord. Those who wait upon God can easily discern the fake by spending so much time with the authentic and one true Lord.
The Scriptures tell us that His ways are past finding out.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33, NKJV)
The phrase past finding out in the original Greek has the meaning of impossible to be traced out, untraceable, or unsearchable. God’s ways cannot be tracked or traced out. Every reason as to why God has set up His ways cannot be figured out and some things will not be revealed to us (Ephesians 3:8; Job 5:9; Job 9:10; and Job 34:24). His ways are both knowable and mysterious at the same time. But every effort needs to be made to wait for understanding and guidance as the Father reveals His ways; and we get this revelation when we need it for guidance. This is the way by which the Bible declares that God’s specific direction becomes available to His children.
His ways are so deep that we cannot understand them fully, but that does not mean He will not guide us, because we have seen from His Word, that He does give guidance. Why does the Lord reveal some things to us and not others? We have to trust in God that He in complete knowledge and wisdom knows what is best for us. What we can discern about His ways is all that is needed by those who are waiting on the Lord, because they seek His ways and not the reason behind every little detail. We know God loves us and desires what is best for us – there is reason enough to trust His ways. Those who wait upon the Lord learn to trust in the God behind His ways, not the reasons why.
Stop asking why and start asking, “What will you have me to do?” The Father wants what is best for you. Stop thinking as the world does and seek His true and straight ways so you can honor a true and straight God.