DATE WRITTEN: Wednesday, 2020-07-22
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 55:6-9
TRANSLATION: Living Bible (TLB)
BIBLE TEXT: 6 Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call upon him now while he is near. 7 Let men cast off their wicked deeds; let them banish from their minds the very thought of doing wrong! Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy upon them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon! 8 This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours! 9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than yours, and my thoughts than yours.
OBSERVATION: In preparation for marriage, a couple will work through issues that seem impossible, and they will generally wind up marrying the person of their dreams. A mother becomes pregnant and in spite of the financial issues she and her husband currently face, they still find time and money to accommodate an addition to the family. When Jesus begins knocking on the heart’s door of an unbeliever, there will be many arguments why the individual feels undeserving and unqualified. But Jesus made it clear that His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are His ways like our ways. This is worth spending some time meditating on, so join me, won’t you?
APPLICATION: If you were to look at a very successful individual at work and hear their story, you may have doubt if they said that they rose up in the company from a very low-level position, with minimal education, but with great work ethics, hard work and determination. Similarly, if another individual shared their story and told you of the miraculous hand of God upon them, giving them wisdom, direction and a sound mind to succeed, you may be tempted to step aside and stop listening, especially if your mind is filled with doubt about the power of God. However, in the Kingdom of God, we are told that God’s plan is different to our plan, His thoughts are different to man’s thoughts and His ways much higher than our ways. This makes me think that any of the above scenarios might be possible with God at the helm in each of their lives. But even more important, this reminder given by Isaiah about our awesome God, is closely related to an invitation for one to turn from their wicked ways and seek the Holy of holy’s, the Lord of all lords, the King of all kings, the only ‘righteous’ One. Friends, it is virtually impossible to imagine that a simple old sinner could possibly have felt such a God, as just described, could love, accept and welcome them into His kingdom. Can’t you see why God would have Isaiah include verses 8 and 9? We all need reminding that although we can’t imagine such forgiveness, acceptance and love, our God is at a much greater level than we could ever imagine. Friends, we serve an awesome and powerful God. Let’s be reminded that if He is ready to answer the prayers of a spouse, or a loved one, and speak to the hardened hearts of their loved ones, then the Scripture is certainly reminding us that God sees that within His glorious power with a lot more confidence than we could ever dream possible. Oh that we would learn to do our part and pray for our loved ones, and trust God deeply to humble their hearts and encourage them towards the foot of the cross, where they might have a personal encounter with Him.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, thank You for Leaping over many obstacles to reach a sinner like I, way back in 1976. I may have looked like a ‘good’ kid to many at the time, but You plowed through the layers of sin and reached into my hardened heart, because You loved me that much and knew the plans You had for me. Thank You Jesus! Today, as I write this devotional, I am begging You Lord to do the same for my loved ones who are struggling with life itself, and with all aspects of accepting You as Lord of their life. Although Your thoughts are much higher than mine, I believe that You have made it clear in Your Word that You want to see Your children saved, and in a right relationship with You. So Lord, I pray that You will accept the prayers of my readers and I as we plead before You today for our loved ones. We really want to see them by our side in heaven oh Lord, so please continue to work in their hearts to surrender themselves to You before it’s too late. Your love, and Your ongoing power to save, is very much appreciated. Thank You Lord Jesus! AMEN!
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