A mother gurgles and coos with her newborn son. Her baby responds with smiles and laughter. Then a dark cloud of sadness crosses the baby’s face. There is an angry scowl. Mom wonders, “What’s going on in that little head?” Communication must take place through touch and kind, unanswered words.
The separation between God and us is infinitely greater. “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord” (Isaiah 55:8). Yet God, in His goodness and mercy, condescends to come down to our level and speak to us so we can understand Him. Contrary to popular opinion, He does so in and through His written word found in the Bible. This was the belief of Christ, the apostles, and the ancient church.
Our thoughts are often in the gutter. They reek with the odor of sinful sex, greed, and lust. God’s thoughts are pure. He runs on a higher, the highest, ethical plane. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
We need to conform our thinking and our ways to God’s thinking and God’s ways. For example, the Ten Commandments are not Ten Suggestions. They summarize God’s thoughts and ways. By God’s grace, we ought to learn and follow them.
To help you understand this better, click here and listen to, “My Thoughts Not Your Thoughts.”