• William T. Howe Ph.D.

August 9, 2021

Daily Reading: Isaiah 54-58

Isaiah 55:8

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

As a principle the above verse is one to always keep in mind, we as humans have a mind, every one of our minds is different. There are different facts put into our minds, different abilities are natural to our minds, different capabilities, different memories, experiences, and teachings. But, in general our minds are pretty much the same. Then there is the Lord God. He too has a mind, and through Isaiah, He tells all who will listen that His mind is not like our mind. His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are not our ways.

Consider, most individuals have their minds and thoughts attentive to their life, their family, their income, their responsibilities, their hobbies, etc. Sometimes great leaders have their thoughts on their country, their flock of believers, their employees, but even these are things of their realm. Our realm is limited. God’s realm is not. He is concerned with every person of every country, of every time, throughout the entire solar system and beyond. His thoughts are eternal, worldwide, galaxy wide, yet personal with and unto every single person, animal, fowl, fish, tree, rock, and even the wind and rain. He thinks about it all.

Speak of cause and effect! He has to consider it all. If I ask for Him to do a thing, He not only thinks of me and the ramifications of His answering my prayer as I desire, but He also has to consider how His answer affects everything else in the world. Especially He has to consider my request in light of His Word; will His answer agree with every aspect of His Word or will it be contradictory to His Word. In this, His thoughts are not ours, we just want what we want usually with little or no regard as to how it affects others, or if it agrees with His Word.

Understanding this principle, that His thoughts are not ours nor His ways ours, allows the reader to fully grasp the next verse which states: For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9) This is why verses like Ephesians 3:20 could be written: Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

You see, the next time a person questions God on why He did this, or why He did that, or why He didn’t do this or that, remember, even if He were to answer those questions we could not understand because His thoughts are higher than ours, and His ways are higher than ours. Meaning that which we ask in prayer He does exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think. When a person comes to grips with this principle and these truths the life of faith becomes so much easier. After all, we do not need to know it all, we just need to know Him, for He knows it all.

Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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