His Ways vs. Our Ways
August 31, 2012
“His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are not our thoughts. As high as the heavens are from the earth are His thoughts from ours.” Isaiah 55:8-9
Have you ever noticed that people who hang around each other a LOT act the same? Talk the same…dress the same. Have you ever noticed how the more you start hanging around someone the more similar your lingo becomes and how you can influence each other…good or bad? I’m sure you and your best friend have some sort of code language and plenty of inside jokes and unspoken understandings. Your ways become similar as a result of spending time and developing a relationship with that person or group of people. We are a product of our environment and the people who we associate closely with share common traits more often than not.
God is so unlike us. Lots of people take issue with the bible since it calls for us to live a life that is the complete opposite of our natural impulses, but its for our benefit. Human nature defies Godliness all across the board. We simply don’t think like God. We don’t act like God. His ways and thoughts immeasurably disparate from ours, but that’s a good thing! There is a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that says “There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us.” God is ONLY good and pure and only he is truly righteous and the way he handles situations always trumps our measly efforts when we completely rely on him.
When I think about how different we are from God it makes me want to be more like him. But how? I can know the entire bible cover to cover but how can i actually have Godly ways and Godly thoughts as a result of it? It sounds easier than it actually is, but really I have to measure the word of God against the way I think talk and act to determine if its in alignment with his thoughts and ways. Nobody is perfect, but I’m pressing towards the mark. . .
Exercise: Evaluate your thoughts and ways and measure them to the word of God to see how different or similar they are. This is something that requires daily biblical reading, honesty and self reflection.