Wednesday, January 18, 2012

One Minute Devotion: Isaiah 55:8 & 9

Isaiah 55: 8&9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.

How do you figure out God? How does the finite mind of man understand an infinitesimal God? A man sees life as only what is in front of him and learns, hopefully, from what is behind. God created life, created man, and knows every step he will ever take, ever decision he will ever make.  He intervenes in a billion and more lives in the blink of His eye. He is everywhere and anywhere. He has no beginning and end. He is the ultimate presence defining power, love, mercy, wisdom, peace, eternity, forgiveness, salvation, and perfection. How can any man comprehend an incomprehensible God? There in lies the dilemma. Or does it? How does an omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, God reveal Himself to us in a way that we can understand, learn, and develop a deep, personal relationship with Him? God is known through His infallible, fluid, living word. Isaiah's prophecies to the Israelites were conclusive proof of that. Not only did his prophecies serve the people of Israel, but they foretold theabsolute lifeline for all of us in Jesus Christ. Despite that fact, they were forced to live through a horrendous period in their history.  Yet they were delivered, preserved, and lifted above those who sought to dispose of them. God used that turmoil, to strengthen their faith and bring them back to Him. As hard as it is to digest, it was the only way they would and God knew that. It is difficult for us to accept what it may take to bring us back to God, refine us, increase us, and build our spiritual muscles. It is hard because we only see today, moment by moment, hour by hour. God sees it all, knows it all, and it is by faith that we accept that and trust in Him through adversity and triumph. His ways are higher than ours.  He compares that vastness using the distance from the endless heavens to the limited earth. Lets break it down even further. Israel's disobedience led them to the edge of extinction. God used that tribulation to announce his eternal deliverance through His only Son for all mankind. He is at is strongest, when we are at our weakest. Why? It is at that moment of weakness that we truly realize that God is the only one in control and we have utterly nothing without Him. At that moment, we submit mind spirit body all. At that moment, we finally unite with the God who wants what is best for us. That is if we will only get out of the way. When the load become so heavy to carry that you feel crushed under its weight, instead of surrendering to it, surrender to God. He is higher, greater, deeper, and more powerful than anything that stands before you. God bless.

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