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God’s Way is the Best Way
Rev Gordon Siu
One day while I was resting at home after the surgery, I flipped open a hymn book and landed on a familiar song, “God’s Way Is the Best Way.” It once again gives me much encouragement and comfort: “God’s way is the best way, though I may not see why sorrows and trials oft gather ‘round me.... God’s way is the best way, my path He has planned; I’ll trust in Him alway while holding His hand.” And the chorus: “God’s way is the best way, God’s way is the right way; I’ll trust in Him alway, He knoweth the best.” Life has been different after my retirement. The pandemic struck, which meant that many of my plans had to change. Then came a second heart surgery, and I had to let things come to a halt. But in these days of uncertainty, this line often comes to my mind: God’s way is the best way. If all my life is under the control of our loving God, then all the changes and tribulations are part of His good will for me. It is also the way He has chosen for me, so it must be a good way. And since it is good, I can be patient and just gladly follow His guidance.
In unfamiliar territory, or perhaps in hardship, we become anxious, searching and seeking everywhere. No doubt, changes in the environment make us feel threatened. We become uneasy. Doubts arise – Will I suffer any loss? Can I make it this time? In anxiety, we try all sorts of means to change the environment and evade danger. We try to find some “better” way.
It is true that all the things that befall us and environmental changes often raise an alarm in us, which prompt us to make appropriate adjustments to our habits and direction of life. But if the adjustment is based only on anxiety over the future or refusal to accept any possible hardship, that adjustment will often take us on a path controlled by ourselves without the presence of God. When Mary learned that she, as a virgin, was to conceive and give birth to a son, she knew that it would lead to shame and rejection. Nevertheless, she said: “I am the Lord’s servant…May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). David went through a lot of hardship during his life. Still, he accepted God’s will for his training. He said: “The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me,” as he believed, “your love, O LORD, endures forever” (Psalm 138:8). So, he joyfully walked on the path of God.
As we often say: The Heavenly Father watches over us. He has counted every hair on our heads. So, there really is no need to ask why such things happen to me. Instead, we should ask: Since God allows this to happen, what is His will behind? How can I seek the necessary wisdom and strength to face myself and to meet the challenge in accordance to His will? It is said in Philippians 1:20, “…now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” It is true. Whether the Lord will show me a way out of a difficult situation or He just leaves me in it, I will be fine. It is because I know that the way the Lord prepares for me is the best way.