“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
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.
As an intelligent and thoughtful human I like to think that I understand the world around me. While I realize there are whole fields of knowledge that lie outside my current grasp, I am confident that given enough effort I could gain an understanding in them. And it is tempting to apply that same thought to God. While I don’t currently understand all that he is doing, if I work at it hard enough I should be able to.
But this reminder in Isaiah is a good reality check. God is not like me in any appreciable way. Yes, I am made in his image. But the image of me on my driver’s license is only like me in a superficial way. And the same holds true for me as God’s image bearer.
And it is important that I recognize that. I cannot expect to understand why he does much of what he does. No matter how intelligent or educated I am, I am still finite. And unable to grasp the infinite. God has a purpose in his creation that I only see dimly. And he is steadily moving his creation toward that ultimate purpose.
It is sometimes tempting to want to correct what God is doing, or allowing; or to give him advice. As if I knew better than he did. But how much better to simply trust him to do what he knows is best. Even when it seems messed up to me.
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