There is a verse in scriptures that we read a lot and think we know what it means. I have found that this verse can be quite a revelation to our hearts as we begin to walk out some stuff in our lives: “ Where the rubber meets the road” they say. Many truths in scripture are like this – they can be exciting to preach about, or to hear about, but not nearly as exciting when that “word becomes flesh” in us. This can only happen by experiencing the Word, and walking through the life of Christ in our own lives.
The verse I am referring to is from Isaiah 55:8 – “my thoughts are not your thoughts says the Lord, neither are your ways my ways. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
My thoughts are not your thoughts
Let us first dissect the part about our thoughts . Much of what goes on in our lives begins in our mind. It is the battlefield for the enemy and for the Lord. What we are thinking determines our actions, our habits, our lifestyle, our destiny, an ultimately our eternity (Abraham Lincoln?) The Proverbs says “as a man thinks in his heart so is he.” The mind is very important, it reveals who we are, what kind of a person we are.
In many ways our way of thinking is totally contrary to God’s way of thinking. His way of doing things totally baffles our logical minds sometimes. Plain and simple, we just don’t get it – we don’t understand Him. God’s way of looking at things is very different than ours. Situations in our life happen differently than we thought or planned that they would. We don’t always understand why this happens, and maybe we never will. This creates a struggle within us. We often think that we know better than God, because our way of thinking makes a lot more logical sense to us. This is where we must learn to walk by faith, and trust the Lord. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding . in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths”. (Prov 3:5). As we journey through life we have got to come to the place where we can trust the Lord. So often we begin to worry and fret about our circumstances, because we evaluate them with our own minds. It is important that we do not let our own understanding get in the way. “Lean not on your own understanding.” Our own understanding and evaluation of circumstances is so futile. We must trust that God’s evaluation is from a much higher plain of understanding. We are always evaluating things from our own perspective and with our own human wisdom, but our natural mind is often at war with the spiritual mind (c.f. 1 Cor 3:19).