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His thoughts and ours; His ways and ours

March 3, 2016

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The Verse of the Day for March 3, 2016 is taken from Isaiah 55: 8-9 (AMP):

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

These verses point out the distinction between the thoughts and ways of God and the thoughts and ways of people. In previous blog entries, I discuss the term “way” which in the Old Testament is translated from the Hebrew word derek, meaning “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, a lifestyle.

The expression “the ways of God” also brings to mind a previous blog entry in which I discussed “The Will of God,” using the analogy of the will of God being a road, a path or a way, looking at the Hebrew word derek which is translated “way, road, path, distance, journey, manner.” It is also referred to as direction, manner, habit, way of life, a course of life or mode of action, a lifestyle.

In the New Testament, the Greek word hodos is translated “a way, a traveled way, road, and when used as a metaphor it means “a course of conduct” “a way (i.e., manner of thinking, feeling, deciding. It is used 100 times with 54 of those times the word is translated “way.”

Even though God’s ways are far removed from our ways, being higher than the heavens above, He desires that we might know Him and follow in the way or the path that He sets before us. As believers we echo the sentiments of the Psalmist, who says:

Psalm 25:4

Let me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.

We are reminded to consider our ways and to follow the path of truth that God sets before His people. That path is so plain and easy to follow for those who seek to find it. Isaiah 35:8 puts it this way:

And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

Proverbs 4:26 also exhorts believers to take note of the path, the road, the direction that they choose to follow:

Consider well and watch carefully the path of your feet, And all your ways will be steadfast and sure.

We think of some of the lyrics to the children’s ministry song “O Be Careful Little Eyes,” which also encourage us to ponder the paths that we choose to follow:

O be careful little feet where you go
O be careful little feet where you go
For the Father up above is looking down with love.’
O be careful little feet where you go.

God, our Father, in His grace and lovingkindness allows us to choose the path or the way that we will follow. The well-known poem by John Oxenham also reiterates this truth:

The Ways

To every man there openeth
A Way, and Ways, and a Way.
And the High Soul climbs the High Way,
And the Low Soul gropes the Low,
And in between, on the misty flats,
The rest drift to and fro.
But to every man there openeth
A High Way, and a Low.
And every man decideth
The way his soul shall go.

Our ultimate desire should be to know God intimately and personally to know His ways, as the lyrics to “Seekers of Your Heart” remind us:

Lord, we want to know you,
Live our lives to show you
All the debt we owe you
We’re seekers of your heart.

We desire not only to know the works of God’s hand, but like Moses, we seek to know His ways, to know Him, in a deeply personal and intimate way. Psalm 103: 7 reveals that God made known His acts unto the Children of Israel, who witnessed firsthand the parting of the Red Sea and crossing of the Jordan at full tide; they not only saw manna from heaven, but they also partook of its sweetness as displays of the ways of God Almighty.

Moses, on the other hand, not only beheld the mighty works of Jehovah God, but Moses differed from those whom he led through the wilderness in that he had a most intimate relationship with the Lord, described this way in Exodus 33:11a (AMP):

And so the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, just as a man speaks to his friend.

Exodus 33:13 reveals Moses’ request to the Lord:

Now therefore, I pray you, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways so that I may know You [becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with You, recognizing and understanding Your ways more clearly] and that I may find grace and favor in Your sight. And consider also, that this nation is Your people.”

In a similar manner, as believers who hunger and thirst after righteousness, with an insatiable desire to ever abide in the presence of God, we also yearn to know the ways of God, ever pressing to know

The Way You Speak

So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face,
as a man speaks to his friend. . . .
Exodus 33:11a

Open our ears to do more than just hear
Your voice but also teach us to listen,
Though the flow of tears at times may glisten
Our face. Teach us to recognize those clear,
Familiar words You whisper in our ear.
As our teacher, help us not to hasten
Each lesson, even the times you chasten,
While reassuring and holding us near.
In seeking to dwell in Your hiding place,
Our deepest yearning is to understand,
As we listen to hear each word You say.
Even as Moses knew you face to face,
So we long to know the way you speak and
Not question nor doubt but only obey.

As committed believers, we are ever seeking to follow the will of God, to follow the path or the way that He desires us to pursue. Many times it is easier to follow our own path and seek our own way rather than God’s way or God’s will. Like the Psalmist, we should consider our ways and choose to follow the path of truth. When we choose to follow that path, we take comfort in knowing that as for God, His way is perfect. Indeed, His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways, as this Christian Worship and Scripture Song from Isaiah 55:6-9 reminds us: