God's Thoughts are Not our Thoughts
We all have been given specific instructions from the Lord. Now whether we were obedient to them is another thing. Now sometimes his instructions make sense to us and sometimes they don’t. Have you ever received instructions from God that just didn’t make sense to you?
We all have. Imagine when Joshua was given the instructions to tell the people that they had to march around the walls of Jericho seven times before the walls would fall. It took great faith for him to tell them the people and convince them to do it. And it takes a great faith for us to follow the instructions he gives us that don’t make sense. Remember God tells us in Isaiah 55:8, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.”
God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and his ways are not our ways, yet we still try to rationalize and analyze the instructions he gives us in our human minds. We think to ourselves the instructions he has given us are unfair, crazy, and won’t solve or help anything. And because of our human thinking we deviate from his original instructions, we either add or subtract things he tells us to do.
But in Isaiah 40:13 the Word asks us, “Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD or instructed him as his adviser?”. Who are we to advise or tell the person who created us, formed the earth and everything in it that his instructions don’t make sense?
God knows what’s best for us. His instructions are not to appease us but to help us. He knows the directions and paths we must take to get the place he has destined us to be. And though some of things he instructs us to do might be painful they wil all work together for our good in the end.
It is our analytic nature that makes us question and try to rationalize God’s instructions to us. But we must remember God’s thoughts and ways cannot be understood by our human logic. God doesn’t need our advice or our instructions. 1 Corinthians 2:16 poses the question, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him?”
Today I encourage you to stop trying to analyze and rationalize God’s instructions to you. I know some of them don’t make sense or even sound crazy. And I know some of them might be even painful to execute but God’s knows what’s best for us. So stop trying to help God out by doing things your way and follow the instructions he gave you. Remember his thoughts are not thoughts and his ways are not ways! He knows what he is doing!
Today’s Scripture: “No one can know a person's thoughts except that person's own spirit, and no one can know God's thoughts except God's own Spirit.”1 Corinthians 2:11