“6 Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “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 NIV
Dear Heavenly Father – While we read a passage, we have read before (a few times) please make it more real and show us some of the mysteries of your ways. Please give us ears to hear and eyes to see and open our understanding. – Amen
Yesterday I said, we’ll get through this chapter in one post. Forgive me, but God said no – we are stuck here until we get whatever it is He is trying to reach all of us with. So let’s jump in.
Verse 8 – My ways are not your ways – keeps coming up in my life. Over and over. I have wrote about it before, every time God reveals something new to me I am in awe that His ways aren’t my ways. I really do not want to focus on that verse and not include such vital connections around it.
Seek God. This is first and foremost. Seek Him to understand, because His ways aren’t our ways. Seek Him so you know how to respond; what I am going through and what you are going through is not a surprise to Him – He already knows. Seek Him for wisdom and grace. Seek Him for the response you should have. Seek Him.
This moves directly into ‘His word shall not return void’.
Read the Bible – it will not return to God void, meaning it will accomplish in you and me what God wanted it to accomplish. And then we are back to seek Him, cause His ways aren’t our ways.
Memorize the Bible – the Bible is the word of God and John chapter 1 says Jesus is the word. What a fantastic way to get more of Jesus in you. More of His grace, more love, and more power! And once it is in you – you can speak the word to yourself and to others – because His word does not return void! And as you seek Him, He reveals what verses – He shows you His ways, because they are not our ways (and He doesn’t want us off course).
**Side note: Speak the Bible to yourself often – faith comes by hearing the Word! (Romans 10:17) See, His ways aren’t our ways.
“10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV
Jesus is the word – sent here to die for our sins. He did not return to our Father void. He said “It is finished”. He won our battles and saved our souls. Seek Him, because this is His way, and it is not our ways.
And then this is where, yesterday we spoke of the covenant promises of God.
“12For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.” Isaiah 55:12-13 NIV
I am the kind of person who recognizes patters. It’s been very helpful in my life and God seems to use this method to show me things. In this blog you might see a pattern, concepts being used / discussed frequently. For example – God keeps saying “Seek”. And recently with the word covenant (and I am also getting the words: wedding, bride, groom, husband, commitment, intimacy, relationship, etc.) Let’s keep talking about covenant.
God is calling us for a more intimate relationship and He is returning for His faithful, soon. That is what all these things adds up to in my mind. (Or I am getting married? But that would be much more of a miracle than any of us can think!! Laughing) So, getting more intimate with God is what we are called to.
I don’t know about you – but I spend all day looking forward to my time(s) with the Lord. I need them like I need food.
My morning prayer time: I sit with my coffee, I turn on the Pastor’s online prayer and agree with my brothers and sisters in Christ to start off my short prayer time, then I pray for a little before I start my day. It is a good habit, it is not very intimate but a good habit.
My morning consists of praying over my work and my day and telling God my passing thoughts. It’s the ‘pray without ceasing’ thing found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. It is also a good habit and also not very intimate.
Then lunch time – I used to turn up the worship music and just praise and worship – I miss that now that things are opening back up. I am at the office now every day at noon. So I am driving there for my lunch. I still turn on worship music in the car but it isn’t the same. Spending time just worshiping God is a good habit, but in this case it isn’t very intimate.
Afternoons are a mix bag of keeping the music on, praying without ceasing and finishing my work.
After work I pray over this and then work on it.
Life happens in the evenings and I stay prayerful.
Then, my favorite time of the day. Going in my room, closing the door, pulling out my notepad with my prayer requests, and my chart of National and world leaders, and a print out of all my social media friends, and a couple prayer books, and a print out of Psalm 91 (which I am hoping to memorize as well). And I sit, stand, kneel, pace and sometimes jump up and down – and I pray. But I will confess, although it is a good habit – many nights I fall asleep too soon, or I don’t get in there until late and I don’t prioritize it – also… it is usually me doing all the talking and not really getting intimate with God.
“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 NIV
OK, so I just told you and I did not do in secret – the reason I told you was to confess. And to make a point. We can talk to God all day long, but it doesn’t mean we spent any deep intimate quality time together. He could honestly walk away and I would keep going and He could return without me even noticing. Seek Him – seek intimate time with Him.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8a
It is time to NOT just have a casual friend’s relationship with God. Do not put God in the friend-zone. This is real – He is asking us to have a real relationship!
If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**
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Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!
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