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Monday, August 1, 2016

Miracles Always Come from Unexpected Sources

In review of Isaiah 55:8 it says, “‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine’” (Isaiah 55:8 NLT).

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

This plan of mine is not what you would work out, neither are my thoughts the same as yours!

“My thoughts,” says the Lord, “are not like yours, and my ways are different from yours.

.my thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord (for my thoughts are not your thoughts) (neither are my thoughts the same as yours) (My thoughts, says the Lord, are not like yours)
.and my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine (neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord) (this plan of mine is not what you would work out) (and my ways are different from yours)

Bottom Line:
The Lord says: “My thoughts and my ways are not like yours.

What this means to me:
God’s thoughts are nothing like mine, and his ways are far beyond anything I could ever imagine.

Today's passage comes from the middle of Isaiah chapter 55. This chapter speaks of the invitation to the Lord's salvation. It explains that we can come to the Lord just as we are. It doesn't cost anything and we do not need to have achieved anything. God has made an everlasting covenant with us. Like King David before us, he will provide us with unfailing love. Through our lives and our example others will come to be interested in and also come to the Lord. God's thoughts are nothing like ours, and His ways are far beyond anything we could ever imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are his ways are higher than ours and his thoughts higher than ours.

Most, have needs we want met (including me). And like most I often try to figure how to get them fulfilled. I may be looking around and thinking, “Maybe God could do it that way” or “Maybe I could help God along with this” or “Maybe I could give a suggestion here.”

This is simply just a form of manipulation, and it doesn’t work!

The source of a miracle will not be where I think it’s going to come from. It’s always unexpected.

God told Abraham that he was going to have a son, and that son was going to be the father of a great nation. Abraham was nearly 100 years old and had a little trouble believing God’s promise. So he took matters into his own hands and had sex with a woman who wasn’t his wife, and they had a son named Ishmael. But God said, “No! That’s not the one I promised. That’s the one you came up with using your plan, but that’s not my plan. My plan is I’m going to use your wife Sarah and do a miracle long after she’s capable of having children.”

The way I want to meet my need is not the way God wants to meet that need. My way ends up being second best, whereas God’s way is always best.

I suppose if I could understand God, I’d be Him. But I’m not! “God is God, and I’m not.” Isaiah 55:8 says, “‘My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,’ says the Lord. ‘And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine’” (NLT).

The source of a miracle always comes in an unexpected way. But I shouldn’t fret, fear or try to figure it out.

What I’m learning is that I just trust God, and say, “I don’t know how you, God, are going to do it, but I know your will be done.” So when God tells me to do something, even if it doesn’t make sense, I need to do it. Even if going in that direction or to that location or to talk to that person doesn’t make sense, I simply obey God and do what he tells me to do. And then, I can get ready for Him to work.

Today I should consider what is God telling me to do that doesn’t make sense, but something that I know I should obey?

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