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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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.