5th May 2019

My Ways are Higher than Yours

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:9 (ESV)

My three-year old grand-daughter, Emory Grace, is a curious and quick learner but, like all toddlers, she struggles to understand. Sometimes when I’m talking to her I get the look which says, “Papa G, I see your mouth moving, I hear words, but I have no idea what you are trying to say.” It’s then that I open my arms and say, “Come to me….” And she runs to get her love.

It reminds me of when her dad was younger. There were times he didn’t understand because he lacked the information he needed; at other times, simply because he didn’t have the experience or maturity to understand. As his parent, there were times I had to say, “You’ll have to trust me on this” or “You will understand later.” And when I said those words, I always remembered what God said through Isaiah (see above) where he reminds us that God has everything under control. We don’t have to understand all the intricate details, but we can trust that he is for us.

There are many things about God we simply can’t fully comprehend—grace, mercy, total forgiveness, and unconditional love. His love is far more than any love I can give; it is unconditional. That means it is not dependent upon me in any way. God is love. Not that God has love but that he is love personified. His mercy and his forgiveness are total—no holds barred—sins removed as far as the east is from the west—remembered no more. How does he do that? I don’t know; his ways are far above my ways, and I praise him for that. He simply tells us to come to him.

My Grand-daughter may not understand all the words coming out of my mouth, but she does understand when I open my arms. She knows that Papa G adores her even though I can’t explain my love, for my ways and my thoughts are far above hers at this point in her life. The same is true for God. His love for us is expressed in ways far beyond our ability to fully comprehend—but his love has a name: Jesus. We can’t understand all it means that Jesus became flesh. We can’t understand all the ramifications of his life, death, resurrection and ascension. But like my granddaughter, we know what love means when Jesus opens his arms and says, “Come…”

Prayer
Merciful Father, you forgive when often we would find forgiveness difficult. You love unconditionally when we love with conditions. Help us, O mighty Father, to learn to love as you love us. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Greg Williams
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