Read Isaiah 55
Focus on verse 8-9
I recall an old song I learned from the children’s program Sesame Street in which they would display several things on the television screen, which were similar along with one, that was very different. The line I remember from the song is:
One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things is not the same.
In today’s reading the Lord is speaking through Isaiah, declaring to His people that while there may be some similarities between God and humanity, our thoughts are not the same as His thoughts, and our ways are different from His ways. He then describes how He is different from us in verse 9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” In other words, there are some things about the way God does things that we should expect to find impossible to understand simply because God is God. It is true that He created us in His image, which gives us some of the character and qualities that He displays, however, He did not make us identical to Himself! There is only one God, and neither you nor I am anything close to being Who He is.
I find this a good reminder when I observe the things going on in the world around me that don’t make sense to me. Why do good people sometimes suffer? Why do innocent babies die? Why would a God who is good and loving and all-powerful sometimes not intervene to prevent catastrophes that cause so much carnage and destruction? If He is all-powerful, it can’t be because He is unable to…if He is loving and good, it can’t be because He doesn’t want to. These are just a few of the questions that cause some of us to choose to abandon our faith in Him and just live for the moment. “Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die” is the motto some adopt in order to try to make sense of it.
Understanding that while God is very interested in an intimate relationship with each of us, which includes an interest in even the minute details of our life, He is not confined to linear time and space as we currently are. God sees all of time in one big picture; He sees and controls everything that happens in every square inch of the universe at the same time. Now, I don’t have the first clue HOW He does that, I just choose to believe that He does.
When I let go of the need to comprehend everything about how and why God does what He does, and just choose to trust that He has it all covered without my help, I can relax and trust, and actually enjoy the blessings of His presence in my life.