What Does Isaiah 55:8 Mean?

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," declares the LORD.

Isaiah 55:8(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

Too often we try to second-guess God and venture to predict or anticipate what He is doing or what He we imagine He ought to be doing. Too frequently we create in our minds an unreal God, made in our own image and likeness, instead of realising that we are made in His image and likeness and that He is the eternal God and universal Creator, whose works and ways are beyond our limited comprehension – while we are temporal creatures, fallen men – a dying race who were at enmity with Him.

Man is indeed unique in God’s entire creation and although we are made in His image and likeness we sinned – and by right, our entire race should have been eternally separated from God. But in His amazing grace He sent His Son to become sin for us so that by believing in Him, we might be forgiven and made the righteousness of God in Him.

Oh, man have been blessed beyond compare because of the gracious pardon that we have received and the eternal Salvation that we have been given, by grace through faith in Him - and the benefits that we enjoy are beyond our wildest imaginings - for God ways are so different from our own.

How vitally important therefore, it is to remember Who God is and who we are. It is imperative to understand that God is omniscient and is perfect in all He plans – and yet too often we try to second-guess God and venture to predict or anticipate what He is doing or even try to dictate to Him what we think He ought to be doing, and so He reminds us that in every area of life, My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD.

Let us in humility rest in the knowledge that He knows best, and that His plans and purposes are perfect. And although our hopes may be disappointed, our plans may fail and our expectation may be frustrated, God has a higher purpose to which He is working, and as His children, we are a part of His eternal plan. Let us never forget that His thoughts and plans and ways and works are all working together for good – to those that are the called according to His purpose.

My Prayer

Loving heavenly Father, forgive my pride in trying to second-guess what You are doing and even trying to tell You at times what is best for my life, when You have a perfect plan and purpose for all Your children. Keep me broken at the cross I pray, and may Your will be done in my life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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