Read: Isaiah 55:1-13
Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:6, 12
As a parent, grandparent, babysitter, or caregiver you’ve probably experienced a time when the person you’re caring for desperately wants something that really would be enjoyed at the moment, but that you, with your larger perspective, know would not end well. Eating the entire box of Oreos in one sitting would indeed taste amazing, but may not end well. Seven-year-olds playing barber, may be a hoot, and probably won’t end well. That aging friend who’s perspective is not as comprehensive anymore may want to buy into the telemarketers financial investment offer that sounds way too good to be true – and you caution them, because you know that it is, way too good to be true.
In any of these situations, your perspective is more complete than the person who you’re responsible for. You think about the situation differently and you choose to guide them in a direction that is different – and better – than they would chose.
In a very small way, this is like God and us. God speaks in verses 8-9, “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.”
We’re aware of what our human senses can tell us and what we can learn from our past experiences. We can plan and hope and make forecasts, but we don’t know with certainty what our future will hold – not even 30 minutes from the time you finish reading this. But God sees your life and mine from before we were a thought in the mind of any other human, to our days far beyond this life. Nothing is hidden from Him (Hebrews 4:13). His perspective is unlimited. His perspective on your life is complete. And it is from this perspective that He desires to lead us and bless us.
When we seek Him, turn from what’s wrong, receive His mercy and commit to Him, (verses 2-3, 6-7) we discover God’s best plan for our lives. And when we soak in God’s Word, when we allow it to sink into our lives, providing nourishment, God will make sure it will accomplish what He intends, from His perspective (verse 11). Including joy and peace (verse 12).
Throughout your day, will you take time to pursue God? When you are making a decision, will you seek His way by listening for His voice? Will you ask Him to give you His perspective? He desires this for you so that as you get to know Him, you begin to discover His, higher, way for your life.
Father, God, I know my perspective on my life is so small and so incomplete. But You see my life from beginning to end. As I read your Word and listen for your voice, please give me your perspective and your direction. Thank you for loving me and for having a good plan for my life.