“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “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)
If you’re like me, you’ve heard these verses used to support the idea that God is so infinitely superior to us (which He is) in thought and deed that we can’t possibly begin to understand Him. Again, I’m not questioning those concepts. However, recently I saw these verses within their proper context, and what I found was surprising.
To get an idea of what types of thoughts and ways God said are so much different than our own, we need to read what comes immediately before verses 8 and 9. I think you may be amazed too:
Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will freely pardon. (vv. 6-7)
Don’t miss this…the specific thing God says doesn’t align with man’s way of thinking had to do with His plan of salvation. He says that all who call on Him can come. Man says only those who are “good” dare call on the name of the Lord. God says that He will freely pardon the actions and even the thoughts of the wicked and the unrighteous. Man says that there’s a price to pay – that we must “work for” the forgiveness of our sins. Man says we must ‘earn’, God says we must simply receive through faith.
God indeed nailed it – His way of redeeming mankind doesn’t line up with human logic. He says any and all can come and freely receive mercy – His way is indeed higher and better! Thank Him today for the free gift of His salvation. –Dave
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