Far Beyond

Higher than my ways.

Higher than my thoughts.

God tells us in Isaiah 55 that his thoughts are nothing like our thoughts.  This has been an extremely important concept for me to grab ahold of and wrestle with in my Journey towards the Truth.

I cannot use my perspective to grow my understanding of God.  I have had to realize that how God thinks and feels and processes is ‘far beyond anything’ I can imagine.

Yes, I am made in God’s image.  You are also made in his image.  So I see aspects of God when I look at myself and I see different aspects of God when I look at you.

But you and I have a 3 1/2 pound brain – and most of that we don’t use.

God has infinite wisdom.

God is perfect.

God knows everything.

He has the power to do anything.

He created everything – from nothing.

Just looking up into the sky gives me a better idea of how huge and endless God is.  So it makes a ton of sense to me that his thoughts and his ways are beyond anything my brain can dream up.

The miracle is that this doesn’t mean I can’t know God.  God reveals himself to me daily in his Word and in his movement here on earth.  His Spirit lives within me and draws my attention to what God is doing and what he is saying to me.  God’s Spirit shines his light on the path God has prepared for me.

God wants me to know him.  He wants me to have a personal relationship with him.

I have been wonderfully and lovingly created by God in his image –

I am like him,

but He is not like me.

Thank you for being beyond anything I can imagine, Abba Father.

High Walls

When the Israelites entered the Promised land, its cities all had high, fortified gates and walls.  This was because the culture of the time was very destructive.  Wars included total extermination or enslavement of the men, women and children.  This was the culture that the people of the time lived in and understood.  Later, we will see God start to change this thinking with the Israelites as he made specific laws about how to treat each other and how to respect the belongs of other people.Feb 15 b 2015 high walls

So, when we see the Israelites totally annihilating a city, that was in line with how people dealt with these issues at the time.  It seems extremely excessive to us and hard to understand.  It was the only thing the Israelites understood and that’s why we see God using these methods to complete his will.

Getting rid of cultures that were committed to worshipping pagan gods should have also helped the Israelites avoid being enticed by the allure these other gods had…..but we read that often the Israelites still strayed and paid the penalty for their lack of commitment to the One True God.  God was trying to teach the Israelites to hold themselves separate from the pagans.  But they didn’t always get it.  Sound familiar?

All of the fighting and devastation in the Old Testament sounds gory and unforgiving to us…..until we remember the righteousness and holiness of God.  He is perfect.  He is always right.

Just because we don’t understand all of it doesn’t make it not true.  When we believe that God is in total control and that he is perfect, we can accept the reality of God working in this savage time as the right thing to do.

This is where faith kicks in.

Our 3 1/2 pound brain is limited.

God is limitless.

So we accept and believe….

OR we get all hung up on things that are beyond our comprehension.

Dear Father God, We believe you are perfect and righteous and holy.  Please help our faith grow in the areas where we don’t understand – in the areas where we will never understand.  We thank you for your truth.  In the redeeming name of Jesus, we pray.  Amen.