God's High Thoughts - Isaiah 55:8-9

Verse of the Day - Day 116

God's High Thoughts
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Today's Bible Verse:

Isaiah 55:8-9
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares 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. (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: God's High Thoughts

This passage in Isaiah 55 gives us the key to trusting in God's sovereignty. To understand God's ways, we have to keep in mind that they are different than our own.

God's thoughts far surpass the human capacity for thinking. He doesn't always operate in a way that makes sense to us.

Life as a Christian often feels confusing. If we experience a tragedy or go through a time of great turmoil, we might begin to doubt that God is in control, and that he loves us. But Isaiah's words remind us that the Lord is sovereign ... even in our pain, even in our troubles. Through it all, his love is transforming us, perfecting us, completing us.

James MacDonald in Gripped by the Greatness of God, explains it this way: "God's sovereignty is first painful, then slowly powerful, and over much time seen to be profitable. It is to be studied with great sensitivity for the experiences of others and deep reverence for the One who controls the outcomes of every matter in the universe."

Faith in God eventually brings us to the realization that God is, well, God, and we are not.

Here is a story that beautifully illustrates this point:

The story has been told of a museum guide who would take his tour group to a darkened room, shine a light on a mass of string, color, and apparent chaos and ask the group, “What do you think this is?”

“I don’t know,” was the inevitable reply.

He would then say, “Stand over there and watch.” As the group moved over to the other side of the room, he would turn on a spotlight. It was instantly apparent that the mass of jumbled colored string seen just a moment earlier was in fact an enormous tapestry—from the back side. The real work had to be seen from a different perspective to understand what the artist was creating.

So it is with God and his ways. We often look at them and ask questions such as “Why?” and “How?” not because there is no purpose in what God is doing, but because we are on the wrong side of eternity to be able to have the perspective that would enable us to see the order and pattern to God’s work.

(Sources: Michael P. Green. (2000). 1500 illustrations for biblical preaching (pp. 172–173). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books.)

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