Isaiah 55: 8-9
For My thoughts are not your thoughts,Nor are your ways My ways declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
When I read the above passage, all I can think is “Thank God”. Thank God that His thoughts are not our thoughts. If that were the case, then God would at times be selfish, petty, mean-spirited, cruel and unforgiving. But because His ways are above our ways, God is generous, kind, compassionate, patient and forgiving.
We are all created in God’s image and likeness. It is our choice to stray from God’s ways and in doing so, we humans are flawed. Our thoughts are not God’s thoughts; in fact, because we are flawed, our thoughts are rarely in line with God’s. But He loves us unconditionally anyway.
The next time you are tempted to say or do something that you know is not God’s way, stop and think about this passage. I know at times, we all say and do things out of frustation or anger. But, if we think about God’s thoughts and ways, maybe we can stop ourselves from doing so. We will never think like God but we can do our best to act as God intended – treat others as we would want to be treated. Put God first in everything you do, and your thoughts and ways will be pleasing to God.
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