BIBLICAL REFLECTIONS GOD’S WAYS AND THOUGHTS

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Speaking through His prophet Isaiah, God made it crystal clear that He does not do things the way humans do, nor does He think or perceive things the way they do either. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are yours ways my ways.” (Isaiah 55:8)

Just think, how can one make a human being out of mud or clay, breathe into its nostrils and it becomes active? How can one speak existence into being, calling things that are not as though they were and these things become a reality? How can one know the end from the beginning? How can you make the impossible possible, for example resurrecting the dead? Only God can!

So it is not just mere talk because talk is cheap. Anything God declares by His mouth will come to pass and has come to pass. “God is not a man that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfil?” (Numbers 23:19) “He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change His mind; for He is not a man, that He should change His mind.” (1 Samuel 15:29)

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:9-11)

“Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel just as He promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises He gave through His servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56)

It would be sheer presumption on our part, too limited in our thinking and foolishness to act as if we knew what God was thinking or planning – except of course we are prophets called to transmit His thoughts. We would be equally foolish to try and make God’s plans conform to ours when we should be the one who should fit into His plans.

We may not understand everything about God, yet all He has done and accomplished is for our good. He will not lead us astray or confound us. He is the Light and He wants us to be in the light and walk in the light with Him—our rightful place. His words, ways and thoughts – as recorded in the Bible-- should take centre stage in our lives if we are to function according to the way and manner we have been designed to operate. No amount of effort trying to function on our own will save us or bring fulfilment. The One who made human beings is better placed to say and know how He intended them to live.

The Bible clearly states that we were made for His good pleasure and that He made us to fulfil a purpose. We are not just tourists on a pleasure trip on planet earth. We are called to worship and to serve.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” (Luke 21:33)

We must not consider ourselves mere accidents, come to live a meaningless life—go through the phases of life after which we pack up and depart this life. Our lives must be lived for God. We must seek Him until we find Him. He is not in hiding. He is in our mouths if we proclaim His Holy name. We must remember that we are ‘wonderfully and fearfully made’.  (Psalm 90:8??)

The answer to all our setbacks and most of the difficulties we face in life, lie in not doing His bidding. To the extent that we count on His incomparable wisdom and refrain from questioning His directives and not rely on our limited ability to run our lives will we be able to take refuge in the Him who created the earth and placed us in it.  

“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6) Knowledge is being conversant with what God has said and acting on it. Human knowledge has an expiry date and is untrustworthy. God’s knowledge is everlasting and all He has to say to His creation is in His Word as recorded in the Bible and in His Son -- who was came in the flesh and lived among us. “... then you will know that I am the One I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.” (John 8:28) 

Our Lord Jesus declared to His disciples: “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63b) Talking about His Father, He told the Pharisees; “I always do what pleases Him.” (John 8:29b) When the Spirit of the Father lives in us, we also can speak and accomplish what the Father requires of us. Our Father is speaking LOVE. “If you love me, feed my sheep,” 

“If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)