Thoughts on Isaiah 55

The first part was a passage for this year’s midyear prayer and fasting. Here’s what I wrote then.
Why spend Money, Energy, and Time, on that which does not satisfy? Why indeed. Definitely not as wasteful as before, definitely. But I have my moments.. Short-sightedness, Low stamina to persevere (due to lack of exercise) leading to quick-fixes or “junk-food”, Laziness.

You think the wine and milk you have now is good? What God offers is so much better. And it’s free. Only that you come to Him, listen to Him, and stay on His side.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭55‬:‭6-9‬ ESV)

The last part of that passage is sometimes taken out of context. It is often quoted without the first part, to say that man is not able to comprehend the mind of God. Although that is true, I believe the passage talks about two things we will not be able to “predict”: 1) God’s time-limit when it comes to repentance and 2) the abundance of His compassion. As people, we have our own ideas, usually contrasting, when it comes to these two things. Our thoughts, even our greatest or collective minds, cannot be fully trusted because of our humanity. We can trust God’s thoughts and ways. He is the Master Designer, sovereign over all creation.

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