Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
I don’t know about you but I’m awfully glad that God is different from me. If God was like me, we’d all be in a world of hurt. I’m 74 years old and when it comes to understanding or comprehension, it seems like I’m just a toddler. When I look back in retrospect, I find it hard to believe that it took all these years for me to actually begin to even see.
Do you remember when a certain ruler asked Jesus “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus responded “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.” (Luke 18:19 NIV). Here was Jesus, the Son of God, deferring to His Father, who is the source of all goodness. That’s a holy goodness that Jesus is talking about. And most times, we just don’t get that because our standard of goodness is not God’s standard of goodness, our perception falls short because it’s limited by our inability to see beyond ourselves.
I could write a book on all the mistakes that I have made, actually I’m pretty sure we all could. Mistakes in judgement, objectives and desires that seemed appropriate or valid at the time but were seriously and fatally flawed because the source and focus was always me. Of course, the problem with having that perspective is that the realization of our judgements, objectives and desires can only produce, at best, what we can see and, at worst, what we far too often, fail to see.
And, here we have Jesus, who perfectly followed God’s will in all that He said and did, even to His own death on the cross for us, correcting the ruler who called Him “good teacher”.
Jesus always pointed to His source. Jesus always did the Father’s will.
John 4:31-34 NIV
“Meanwhile his disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.”But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.“
John 5:19-24 NIV
“Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it. Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.“
Jesus is God the Father’s way, Jesus is God the Father’s truth and Jesus is God the Father’s life. (John 14:6 NIV) (John 3:16 NIV)
My self centred judgements focused on me. God’s judgement for me focuses on Jesus.
My self justified objectives focused on me. God’s justification for me focuses on Jesus.
My self fulfillment (desires) focused on me. God’s fulfillment for me focuses on Jesus.
My “way” focused on me. God’s “way” focuses on Jesus
Until we see that, until we comprehend that, until we cross through that door and trust and hope in Jesus, daily, we’ve literally missing it all. We’re talking about a relationship, one on one with the Father, through Jesus, with God’s Holy Spirit within us as our helper. Prayer, studying His Word, fellowship, trusting in Him and becoming increasingly obedient to His commandments. Yes, falling short is in there too. We’re not talking about “religion” or a particular “church” or a particular “denomination”, we’re literally talking about Jesus, the Christ, the Son of God. He lives.
Revelation 3:20 NIV
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.“
A very few short years ago, I finally opened that door. God showed me an awful lot of grace, getting me there. A awful lot of grace, mercy and patience. And now I honestly love Him.
If that isn’t beautiful, I don’t know what is.
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!