Isaiah 55:8 (NKJV) “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Disruptive peace; majestic meekness; unsettling comfort, these phrases don’t seem to make sense. But anyone who’s had a personal encounter with God understands that these apparent paradoxes come together in relationship with the Lord. I realize I don’t have to figure our God, I am learning to trust God!
I read that the Dean of the Chapel of Calvin College, wrote, “The faithful evangelical preacher of God ought to say not only that God is great and God is good, but also that God is elusive and God is strange, because spiritual health depends upon it.”
In fact, I believe we literally play in dangerous territory to think we know God’s mind, God’s will, or God’s intentions. In addition, to fear God is, in part, to recognize that His ways are not our ways. For certain, God’s revealed Himself to us in Jesus, and He revealed Himself in how He moved and worked through the lives and stories recorded in the scriptures.
Point to ponder – But the Lord hasn’t revealed Himself exhaustively. God hasn’t ceased to work in mysterious ways. And that’s why we surrender our lives to the Lord. God’s greater than we can think or imagine and will work in strange ways, ways we can’t even think of or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). Hope your Holy days are going well.
Pastor James Baker, Jr.