For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says 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. ~ Isaiah 55:8–9
How many times have you heard these verses being quoted whenever life doesn’t make sense? They’ve almost become quintessential verses that people use to justify God in difficult times.
Yet, when used at a time when things don’t add up, these very verses make God sound terribly conceited and insensitive. It’s as if He’s telling us to accept our lot and not to question Him because He’s smarter and He knows better.
Does this really bring comfort? Or build up faith?
Well, not for me.
If you were to rationalize, of course God is smarter and He knows better. I mean…that’s a given right? So are these verses stating the obvious? No. As a matter of fact, they have been quoted out of context.
The entire chapter 55 of Isaiah is really about God’s invitation to abundant life based on the new covenant of His grace. Don’t believe me? Go read them for yourself!
Instead of misapplying these verses to justify that God is omniscient especially in the face of mega tragedies or personal struggles, I encourage you to read them in the light of Jesus’ finished work.
Some questions to ask yourself are: Why would God bother to pardon sinners? Was it necessary for God to sacrifice His Son? Why did God allow His only beloved Son to die for sinners who didn’t care for Him? Why did His Son have to suffer so much and die such a horrible death?
Friend, as you look for the answers to these questions, you will begin to make sense of what Isaiah 55:8–9 is truly saying and realized that the answers defy human logic.
You will begin to understand why God’s thoughts are indeed higher than your thoughts. Why God’s ways are indeed higher than your ways.
Because they tell of a God who so love us that He gave His one and only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
That’s just inconceivable. Totally incomprehensible. Simply unthinkable.
For exceedingly great is His grace and love toward you. It’s nothing you have ever imagined. Nothing you can ever fathomed.