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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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”