My thoughts are not your thougnts. . .

Isaiah 55--7-8

The Verse of the Day for October 5, 2014 is found in Isaiah 55:6:

 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

To more fully understand what the Lord is saying, let’s take a look at verses 7-9 as well:

Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

This passage describes the mind of God, explaining that His thoughts are far beyond our thoughts. Isaiah 55:8 was also the inspiration for a poetic piece composed five years ago:

We Ask Why

For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.

Isaiah 55:8


Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary

to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly

him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

Ecclesiastes 10:1


Though God is able to do above all we ask or think,

Our lives may still unfold in ways that we cannot explain,

As dead flies cause the apothecary’s ointment to stink,

So we ask why until the day when all shall be made plain.

Watching and waiting in hope while poised on the very brink

Of disaster, as our pathways seem to lead to defeat;

We seek the favor of God to reverse the curse and turn

The hearts of fathers to sons that our joy may be complete.

As patient farmers wait for the former and latter rain,

We fix our eyes toward Eastern skies, for Christ shall return again,

When angelic reapers shall separate tares from the wheat,

And every knee shall bow before the mighty Judgment Seat.

We write the pages of our history, though not with pen and ink,

As we find that the Lord’s return is much closer than we think.


In reflecting on the verses from Isaiah 55, a related message from Jeremiah 29:11 came to mind, further illustrating the thoughts that God has toward us.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

This passage was the inspiration for the recent blog entry: I Know the Plans

Listen to this Christian Worship and Scripture Song based on Isaiah 55:6-9

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