Thursday, March 22, 2012

Knowing God's Thoughts

"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."
(Isaiah 55:8-9)

Who can know the thoughts of God?
Who can understand the way He works?
Who can know His will?

I've see Him work in most unlikely places and through the most unlikely people. This reminds me of another passage in the New Testament:

"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world
to confound the things which are mighty;
and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen,
yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are." (I Corinthians 1:27,28)

God does not contain himself to work in ways that think to be "reasonable." His wisdom so beyond ours; He sees the beginning from the end. Who are we to say what is the right way of doing things? Who are we to say some person is greater than another? God knows the heart of each man.

We know that God's Spirit lives within those who have accepted His wondrous gift of eternal life. Even as poor and wretched as we are, we have "the mind of Christ." (I Corinthians 2:16) He can use the lowliest person to discern the deepest things.

A person's status in life should not affect our view of a person's value--nationality, age, education, habitation, or even cleanliness. We should not despise any one of His children, for they are our brother or sister in Christ. God can speak His wisdom through any of His children.

Do we see Christ in others?
Do we love them with "brotherly love?"
Are you listening for His voice through the voice of others?

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  1. What a challenging "jewel." Thanks, dear Vonnie.

  2. Great post, Vonnie. Lord, may we all see your children as you see them--dearly loved. May we show them the same radical grace and mercy you daily shower upon us.

  3. Reminds me of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the beggar man at the gate and their trip to eternity...We are all God's creation. Always love your insight.

  4. Our favorite occupation should be listening intently to that "still, small voice"!!! Love you lady!



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