His Ways Are Higher
His Ways Are Higher (Isaiah 55:9)
Isaiah 55:8-9, For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.
God’s thoughts and ways are by no means equivalent to ours. If finite man could ever completely understand our infinite God then He would cease to be God. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so God’s ways are higher than our ways. He is in another dimension than we are. How, then, can we hope to understand those things that He has communicated to us in His Word? To be sure, God has not told us all He knows, but what He has provided is sufficient for our faith, and He has also given clues as to the nature of many things we can only fully know in eternity.
God’s ways are infinitely higher than our ways. This is an understatement, for our ways are so far from God's standards and ways. He does not think as we do because He is infinitely higher. God goes in one direction while most men are going the opposite direction.
This is the reason the Scriptures speaks of conversion. People have to change their way of thinking if they come to God. That is the reason God said, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth.” That is the reason that unless the Spirit of God awakens the heart of man to the truth of the Gospel, the whole thing is ridiculous to him. The whole thing is foolishness. That is the reason God reminded us that it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save the world. He will freely pardon those who turn to Him in repentance and faith. His mercy is thus infinitely higher than that to which we are accustomed.
God's timing may not make any sense to us, but He does what He wants to do in His own time and His own way. Not only are the Lord’s thoughts higher than our thoughts, but His plans and His purposes are also. God's mind is far superior in holiness and reasoning than ours. Therefore, we should pray as Paul encouraged us to (Philippians 2:5). Never forget this! God is capable of solving any problem we have. And what’s more, He wants us to know it!
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, rather than trying the impossible, to figure You out. I desire what You desire, to follow Your path for my life that Your will and purpose would be done through my life. Therefore, purge any obstacles in my mind that would hinder allowing Your mind and Your thoughts to be transformed in mine. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.