When We Donít Understand
August 13, 2016
Read: Isaiah 55:6-13
Bible in a Year: Psalms 87-88; Romans 13
ďFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,Ē declares the Lord. óIsaiah 55:8
Although I depend on technology every day to get my job done, I donít understand much about how it works. I turn my computer on, bring up a Word document, and get to work on my writing. Yet my inability to comprehend how microchips, hard drives, Wi-Fi connections, and full-color displays actually function doesnít get in the way of my benefiting from technology.
In a sense, this mirrors our relationship with God. Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us that God is far beyond us: ď ĎMy thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,í declares the Lord. ĎAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.í Ē
Even though we donít understand everything about God, that doesnít prevent us from trusting Him. He has proven His love for us. The apostle Paul wrote, ďGod demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for usĒ (Rom. 5:8). Trusting that love, we can walk with Him even when life doesnít make sense. óBill Crowder
Heavenly Father, thank You that although I cannot comprehend You, I can know You. Iím grateful. Remind me that even though You and Your ways might be beyond me, I can always count on Your love for me and Your presence with me.
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God would not be worthy of our worship if He could be understood by our wisdom.
INSIGHT: Isaiah had the unenviable task of proclaiming the sin of Judah and foretelling the impending Babylonian exile. His message, however, is not without hope. Verses eight and nine say quite a bit when seen in light of their context: ďĎFor my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,í declares the Lord. ĎAs the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.íĒ Even though the Israelites are facing exile and are in the throes of judgment, Godís grace still shines through. Dennis Moles
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