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God's Thoughts, God's Ways

By: Lance Cordle


Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
      Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
      So are My ways higher than your ways,
      And My thoughts than your thoughts.”



It is interesting to watch sporting events on television and hear the broadcasters comment on various plays and circumstances. One familiar scenario comes when a player fails to execute properly and the comment is made that he needs to work on fundamentals. Whether it is tackling (football), pitching (baseball), or putting (golf), they all have the common factor of fundamental execution. If proper technique is not used, the proper result will not be produced consistently.


By the same token, if a person is going to have a consistent, godly life, attention must be given to the fundamentals. If we are going to act as God's people (Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9), we absolutely must think God's thoughts.


To people who were languishing in immorality and despair, Isaiah sent forth the admonition, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6). Then, as now, many people felt the need to seek God and wanted to do so on their own terms. The seeking and the calling could not and would not consist of just looking for God in places and ways they choose to seek Him.


Therefore, Isaiah added these words, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts” (Isaiah 55:7). The requirement comes clearly into view: a man who seeks God must be willing to change. That change must begin within. The fundamental requirement for living and acting like God is thinking like God.


Micah, another prophet of God, put it this way: “He has told you O man, what is good, and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justice, and love kindness, and walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8) All three of these necessary things require thought on the part of the follower of God. Not only do they require thought, but they require sustained effort to maintain the thinking and actions. A man will only be as just, as kind, and as humble as he willfully requires himself to be.


We won't have God's ways until we think God's thoughts. We won't know God's thoughts until we spend time with His word (Psalms 1:2).