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Isaiah 55:8-11

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.

9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

10 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,

11 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.

——–

My mind cannot encompass the good God has for me.

I imagine that I know where my life is going. I follow lies that tell me that surely my life in the future will actually move backward and become like my life before I knew God. I fear that it will tumble back onto a time of less, a time of hopelessness and not knowing him.

This is because I am trying to imagine my future with the only tools I have. Granted, some of the tools are good; they are God’s. But, for 20 some years I stocked up on tools that in that face of God, are lies.

My pride and foolishness tell me that I can map out what’s ahead of me, that I know it. But, God’s really the one in control, and he tells us that his thoughts are not our thoughts, his ways are not our ways – the difference is as huge and unfathomable (as science says too) as the heavens are higher than the earth.

I used to joke that I can’t imagine infinity, but I can imagine imagining infinity. I don’t have the tools in my head to think the thoughts of God; I can’t even start to imagine the enormous things he plans for me – because they aren’t composed of anything in my experience.

And it’s from all of this that the next verses follow: As the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth…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.

Then! The next verses: You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you…. This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.

God creates more for us than we can imagine. He’s thinking on a completely different plane. And – he can make those things happen. He can reach down and write something into the story that had no lead up or development. The former things didn’t create it. His new word comes in and speaks new possibilities.

And this is what he wants to do, because he wants to create things for his renown (and our joy) that are bigger that anything that could possibly be created on earth. Think about it: if he just stuck with what followed next, the outcome wouldn’t be to his renown. It would be something earthly. Instead, he shows himself off by creating something bigger than is possible to create with earthly material. He shows us that his hopes, plans, etc are foreign to us – but they’re real and good. He thinks thoughts that are higher than anything here, then speaks them into the story, everlastingly changing it.

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