Daily D – Isaiah 55:8-9
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways.” This is the LORD’s declaration. “For as heaven is higher than earth, so my ways are higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
ISAIAH 55:8-9 (CSB)
There is a better way.
There is a better way to go. There are better thoughts to think. There is a better life to live.
Better is good, really good.
How do we find this better way? Look up to verses 6 and 7:
call to him while he is near.
Let the wicked one abandon his way
and the sinful one his thoughts;
let him return to the LORD,
so he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will freely forgive.
Our Father in heaven is more interested in being found than we are in finding him. He is forever near to the one who turns his heart toward home. For the ones who realize they cannot keep on going the way they are going, he provides a new path.
For the one whose thoughts rebel at every truth and instruction from God, a turn toward God results in receiving God’s compassion and forgiveness. Why? Because he wants to be found. He wants to be known. He wants us to experience the full measure of his restoring and renewing love, mercy, and grace.
He wants us to live in his better way.
What happens when we turn our hearts toward God and receive the goodness he promises? Verse 12 helps us see the positive alternative:
and be peacefully guided;
the mountains and the hills will break into singing before you,
and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
God’s way is the way of joy, peace, singing, and rejoicing.
The Message says it this way:
you’ll be led into a whole and complete life.
The mountains and hills will lead the parade,
bursting in song.
All the trees of the forest will join the procession,
exuberant with applause.
- Would you rather sing than be sad?
- Would you rather rejoice than grieve?
- Would you rather celebrate than suffer?
- Would you rather know peace than pain?
There is a better way.
call on him while he is near.
Our Father, renew my mind that I may think your thoughts. Redirect my steps that I may walk in your ways. Lead me out with joy. Guide me with your peace. Give me songs to sing. Empower me to enjoy your abundant goodness. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.