Read:  Isaiah 55:1-13

Focus:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD.  “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just at the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9

God, speaking through the prophet, calls His people to repentance and offers them restoration, forgiveness and blessing.  Then He drops these two verses in the middle of His offer.  You don’t think like I do and you don’t act like I do.  In other words, I offer you forgiveness and mercy, but you are going to have a hard time getting your head and hearts around this, because humans don’t instinctively offer such things, especially in their culture.

Jesus shows up 700 years later and basically turns conventional wisdom on its head, proving this to be true.  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, He says.  If you want to be great make yourself a servant.  The path to God isn’t law keeping but a relationship with God made possible through grace.  God isn’t a far off angry deity but a loving father.  And on and on and on…

Jesus taught us that God’s ways are truly above ours, and His thoughts are higher than ours, as well.  A much better way to live.

So often we find ourselves missing the simple invitation of God to come to Him.  We have a hard time resting in His grace, His love, and His fatherly care, because we can’t get our little human minds around an all-powerful, all-knowing, perfectly righteous and holy, ever-present God who also loves us as a good father loves his child.

Sometimes I find myself trying to earn His love through my own attempts at righteousness and forget that this is all about a relationship with my Father.  It is a concept that is above and beyond me, yet one we are all called to get our hearts around and live out in our lives.  How is your relationship with God today?  Based on your works or God’s love and grace?  Love, grace, truth and friendship is the way of God, is it becoming your way?  Is it the lens through which you view the world and people around you?

Prayer:
Father, I confess that my perspective is so small in comparison to yours.  May my thoughts and ways be yours.  Give me your lens with which to look at, and your heart with which to love the people and the world around me.  And help me to live life on a higher plane, a life of love, grace, truth and friendship with you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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