55:8-9 “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.”
Isaiah is encouraging the people to be restored to God through His mercy, love and forgiveness. He says they need to turn back to God and seek Him with a spiritual thirst. Time in His Word is a key way to obey Him and have Him work in our lives. Through us or without us, His Word will accomplish His purpose (verse 11).
Verses 8 and 9 state His ways and His thoughts are higher than our ways and thoughts. His way is through His Son, Jesus Christ, who can forgive us and be the leader of our lives. His perspective is bigger than ours, and we need to trust Him and try not to limit what He can do through us.
We do not always understand how He works, so we must allow our faith in Him to sustain us. Sometimes we need to let Him work. We can join Him where He is working and stop trying our own ways. His Word can guide us and through our prayers He can answer us beyond our plans, circumstances and our ways and thoughts. Time in His Word is important to know Him better. I try to read a passage from the Bible every day. To do this, you always need a reading/ study plan to follow. Decide on different books of the Bible to read two or three chapters per day. One great idea is to join a small Bible study group. This will give you additional options for reading and studying. One plan I used was to read the four Gospels in a row which would take about 90 days at one chapter per day. This gave me a great perspective of Jesus’s plan and ministry while on earth. For this week, pray though these verses: Psalm 119: 37, 105, 133. Also, reread Isaiah 55:8-9. Spend time with Him, meditate on these verses and seek a group to join if you are not already in one. Seek His guidance and direction for your life – today and tomorrow. I try to resist sometimes but God always knows better.