Isaiah 55 verse 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
In our recent Zoom services we have been looking at God’s laws. So far as laws go, the ten commandments are quite easy to understand. I wonder if any of you have ever tried to read and understand laws as recorded in Acts of Parliament; they are far from simple! We attempt to live within the law because there are penalties if we are caught breaking them. There are penalties for breaking God’s laws too: Lamentation 3 verses 38 and 39 say “Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?”.Mark Hawkes expanded on the subject very helpfully. He pointed us to Matthew 5 where from verse 21 onwards there are teachings on anger, adultery, divorce, vows, revenge and love for enemies. These teachings show that even thinking about the act is wrong and is asking for trouble. It concludes:
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
That, sadly, is impossible for us on our own. It requires a change of heart, mind and soul. Only by the indwelling of the Spirit can we even hope to become more Christlike and “perfect”.
The following verse from Isaiah 55 says “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I think we would all say Amen to that!
Prayer: Almighty God, I confess that my ways are indeed not your ways. I wish they were. Please use your spirit within me to convict me when I have wrong thoughts and to correct my way of thinking. Help to raise my ways and thoughts higher, that I might be a better servant for you. Amen.