A Beautiful Mind – Isaiah 55:8-9

beautifulmindFor 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 55:8-9, NASB).

The Creator’s knowledge is infinitely greater than His finite creatures. God’s plans and purposes are far beyond the ability of human beings to describe or fully comprehend. Although we may truly know Him, such knowledge is always partial and imperfect.

God’s consciousness is as high above human consciousness as the heavens are above the earth. Divine thinking greatly exceeds the formulations of human cognition.

In its immediate context this verse is an appeal by God for His people to exchange their sinful “thoughts” and “ways” for God’s, which are a morally superior and just: “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts” (55:7).

But, there is also a reassurance in these verses that God’s Mind is a Beautiful Mind. God is all-knowing. He is perfectly wise in all his thoughts and ways and so His people can trust in Him when inevitably they are unable to understand the mysteries and tragedies of life.

The mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27, NASB)

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