April 24

APRIL 24
by Joe Hill
Read Isaiah 55

 

In life, I have had to come to grips with the truth that I will never really understand God. There are things that we can know about Him, because He has revealed Himself to us in His Word. What comes to mind for me in that regard is Exodus 34:6-7, where God shares His name and His character with Moses on Mount Sinai. This passage is the passage most often quoted by the rest of the Bible! We can know that God is compassionate, gracious, patient, just, kind, and forgiving.

On the other hand, there are things that we will never understand about God. Isaiah 55:8-9 say,
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
               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.”

                I take incredible comfort in this. This shelter in place season has reminded me how much of a façade my own sense of control in life is. When things are going smoothly, I feel like the master of my own life- things are predictable and I can reasonably plan with and work with them. But right now, I am so aware of the reality that Jesus taught in Matthew 5:36, “Don’t swear by your own head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.” We are not in control… and that is Good News. None of us are equipped for it, but the one who created it all certainly is.

We don’t always understand God’s plan or see what good He may be working, even in and through difficult situations. My 16 month old daughter often cries because I don’t let her do things like touch bird poop or eat mud. She doesn’t know better. In Isaiah 55, I am reminded that God is my Father, and that I am his child, and so are you. Is it so farfetched to think that we might not understand God’s ways in a similar way that Avery does not understand mine?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
               Neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord

But in the unknown, we can trust in what we do know about Him: that He loves us, and that He accomplishes His purposes (Isaiah 55:10-11). We all have a lot of unknowns right now, but my hope and prayer for us today would be that we could find peace and comfort in the God whose thoughts are higher than our thoughts, and whose ways are higher than our ways. 


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