Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV 2011
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah was God’s prophet sent to the people of Judah and Jerusalem to deliver God’s words of judgment along with His eventual restoration. He here offers them an opportunity to drink in the Lord. Isaiah 55:1, “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters.” Paul offered insight to the faithful in Philippi. Philippians 2:5, “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.” Isaiah in 55:3-6 gave the Jews a guide to listen to, look for and seek the Lord. Isaiah 40:13, “Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor?” God’s ways are higher than mans.
Anxious the night after my dad’s stroke, I read Isaiah 40-55 to calm my mom. Nine years ago I began BSF’s first study of Isaiah. It was the piece of the puzzle to God’s Word that for me brought together the Old and New Testament. I understood why God led me to that Scripture to read to my mom. Studying Isaiah gave me a deeper understanding of Paul’s writings especially Philippians 4:8. Reading God’s Word daily, I’m truly thankful God’s ways are higher than mine.
How do God’s ways lead us to godliness?
Grateful God’s way are higher,