For my thoughts are not your thoughts,Isaiah 55:8-9 (ESV)
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
How are God’s ways higher than our ways?
1. God Gives Freely
“Come, everyone who thirsts,Isaiah 55:1
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.”
Humans entangled in earthly financial and bartering systems cannot fathom divine grace. The savvy economist knows: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”
2. God Saves Universally
Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,Isaiah 55:5
and a nation that did not know you shall run to you.
God calls all nations to himself through the Davidic covenant. Set apart from all other nations, the Israelites barely comprehended their worldwide mission to the Gentiles.
3. God Forgives Abundantly
“Seek the Lord while he may be found;Isaiah 55:6-7
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
While humans place limits on forgiveness (“seven times?”), God’s mercy overflows without measure, disarming human vengeance (“seventy-seven times”) (Matthew 18:21-22; Genesis 4:24).
The tangled human mind
God’s ways cannot unwind.
Traditional Chinese Translation