As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)
Inasmuch as we simply cannot calculate how much higher the heavens are than the earth, neither can we imagine how much higher are God’s thoughts are toward us than our thoughts are toward Him. Beloved, let the truth of this verse comfort you today: Not only are God’s thoughts higher than your thoughts, but so too are His plans, His purposes, His wisdom, and His ways. Because they are God’s thoughts, they are better than our thoughts, and He delights in giving good gifts to His children.
Think about it this way: God’s plans and purposes for your life are beyond what you could ever imagine them to be for yourself. They will take you to places you had never dreamed you could go, because they come from the One who is in control of all things. They will often surprise you along the way and always meet you in your deepest place of need. God can do this because He is God, and He delights in working all things together for the good of those who love Him.
Does that describe you today? Do you love your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength . . . as much as it is within your power to do so? Remember this: we love God, but His love is higher love, and is able to lift us above all the waves of challenge that confront us each day. Nothing can stand in the way of the will of God, and that includes His will for your life. His ways are higher. His thoughts are higher. His love is higher. Why? Because He is God, and He has a higher love for all those who are His . . . and that includes you.
Christian, let this truth set you free today to live out His perfect plan and purpose for your imperfect life, even when you cannot fully understand what you are currently experiencing. Isaiah tells us that we can trust our God even when we cannot trace Him, because we know that we are the objects of His higher love. Our Lord says to His children:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
And He assures us . . .
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
(Jeremiah 29:11, 13)
Seek Him with all your heart, child of God, and you will know an eternal love that extends higher and greater than anything we can comprehend.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!