DayBreaks for 9/02/19: Not Even Like Ours
NOTE: Galen is on vacation for the next couple weeks and may not respond to any comments until he returns on 9/9/19.
From the DayBreaks archive, August 2009:
How God must laugh at us at times! The sheer arrogance of mankind to think that we know what God is thinking, why He’s thinking the way He is, why He does the things He does and why He doesn’t do other things…and of course, the supreme arrogance is to think that we know better than God because we obviously understand the situation SO MUCH BETTER than God could! Ha! If it weren’t so deadly, it would be worth laughing about.
One of my favorite passages (it keeps me humble!) is found in Isaiah 55:8-9, where we read: My thoughts are not like your thoughts. Your ways are not like my ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
In his little devotional book, For the Tough Times, Max Lucado makes the point well: “Make special note of the world like. God’s thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are they even like ours. We aren’t even in the same neighborhood. We’re thinking, “Preserve the body”; He’s thinking, “Save the soul.” We dream of a pay raise. He dreams of raising the dead. We avoid pain and seek peace. God uses pain to bring peace. “I’m going to live before I die,” we resolve. “Die so you can live,” He instructs. We love what rusts. He loves what endures. We rejoice at our successes. He rejoices at our confessions. We show our children the Nike basketball star with the million-dollar smile and say, ‘Be like Mike.’ God points to the crucified carpenter with bloody lips and a torn side and says, ‘Be like Christ.’”
The next time you presume to tell someone what God is thinking or why He’s doing something, stop and remember Isaiah 55:8-9. It may just keep you from saying something very, very foolish.
PRAYER: Lord, keep our lips from spewing falsehoods or speaking foolishness in Your name or about You. May we only proclaim Your words when it is clearly from the Word! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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