ABSOLUTELY PERFECT AND FAR HIGHER

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…” declares the LORD. – Isaiah 55:8-9

God’s thoughts are not our thoughts. God’s ways are not our ways.

I have come to accept these truths about my own thoughts and ways. Not necessarily easily at first. Now I humbly, peacefully and with full confidence trust in God’s absolutely perfect and far higher thoughts and ways. Through God’s Word and God’s Spirit and through many countless experiences in my own life, I’ve clearly and powerfully sensed God’s love, presence, peace, intervention and transformation. I’ve clearly and powerfully come to accept that God’s thoughts and ways are not my ways. They are absolutely perfect and far higher than mine.

God is God. God can be trusted. God is eternally unchangeable and good. God is love.

It is not only in knowing and believing these truths about God, but it is also in honestly and vulnerably admitting the truth about myself, that I have come to fully trust that God’s thoughts and ways really are absolutely perfect and far higher than mine.

I’m not God. I’m little. I’m frail. I’m flawed. I’m finite. And I’m far too often fickle – loving God and serving God with all of my heart, my soul, my mind, my strength, my words and my actions in one moment and, then, moved to impatience and impulsivity, meanness and moodiness the next. I’m not God. And I certainly wouldn’t want, or trust, a god like me!

In admitting my earthly, temporal state – of being little, frail, flawed, finite and fickle – I am set free to more fully trust that God, who is God, can be trusted. I am set free to trust that God’s thoughts and ways are absolutely perfect and far higher than mine. Even if I don’t understand them. Even if I don’t like them. Even if I want God’s thoughts and ways – and timing – to be different. To be more like mine. Especially when I want all the sin and suffering, all the brokenness and badness within us as individuals and all around us in the world, to be ended once and for all. Right now. I will still trust God, who is God, for His thoughts and ways – and timing – when it comes to the people I love. Even when I want these precious ones to receive the fullness of God’s healing, the fullness of God’s peace, the fullness of God’s provision. Right now. I will still trust God, who is God, for His thoughts and ways – and timing – when there are precious ones I want desperately to put their full faith in Jesus as their Savior. To fully trust Jesus as their Lord. Right now.

God is God. God can be trusted. God is eternally unchangeable and good. God is love.

We never could have imagined that God’s thoughts of love and mercy towards us would have placed His holy Son Jesus on the cross as His way to rescue and redeem us and bring us to Himself fully and forever!

God’s thoughts and ways are absolutely perfect and far higher than ours. Thanks be to God!