It has always been a mistake of mankind to try to judge God by our human standards and human wisdom. From our human perspective, some things in the Bible appear to be wrong and foolish. This is only because we try to judge God by our standards and ignore the fact that God doesn’t reason as we do.
The Bible says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Jehovah. 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).
This is one of the most revealing verses in the entire word of God. God is omniscient and has complete knowledge of the past, the present, and the future. Man is finite and has limited experiences and limited reasoning power. Man cannot see the end from the beginning. It is not in man that walketh to direct his own steps. Those who insist on doing so will find that their lack of wisdom and experience will lead to spiritual destruction. The way of the Lord is perfect, and it leads to eternal life.
How much higher are the heavens than the earth? This question implies that the heavens where God exists is meant. The heavens mentioned here go on forever. God’s thoughts and ways are that much higher than man.
In Genesis 2:5-6 is the first mention of rain. The promise of God was that Noah and his family would be saved in the ark. But all of those out of the ark would perish in the flood. Here is an example of the people in that day and time who tried to judge God by human standards. There was no record of rain on the earth before this, but Noah is told to build a huge boat to save his family and the animals upon the earth at that time. Can you imagine the derision that the people had as they laughed at Noah! But their laughter was soon to be drowned out, because they were judging God by a human standard.
In Numbers 21:4-11, after God had delivered Israel from slavery in Egypt and had given them a law to live by, they murmured (complained) against Him. God, in order to chastise them and bring them to repentance, did this. He sent fiery serpents among them, and they bit the people and many died. The people had no cure for snakebites. God told Moses to make a fiery serpent, put it on a stick, and everyone that was bitten could look upon it and live. From the perspective of mankind that would not work, because it was judging God by human standards. But everyone who was bitten by a snake in the camp of Israel was cured by God’s way, because it was God’s will and it had His power.
In Joshua 6:3-5, Israel had come out of the wilderness after forty years of wandering. Now they faced the walled, armed, and fortified city of Jericho. God told them that in order to breach the walls and take this city, they were to march around the city for 6 days. But on the 7th day, march around it 7 times, blowing trumpets and shout. From a human standpoint, this was a foolish plan. This is because humans judge God by human standards.
We don’t have the right to sit in judgment of God and judge His standards by our human standards (Eccl. 12:13). --- Earl Sutton, Ed.D.