Isaiah 55:6-9 — Which Way Do I Go?

One of the biggest questions every follower of Jesus asks is: “What is God’s will for my life?”

Today’s devotional verses speak directly to this question:

“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

We can be reassured from Isaiah 55 that as we seek God, he wants to be found and he wants us to know his path.

We are also challenged that our desires may be radically different from God’s. This Scripture has several implications.

  • Our perspective is limited. We cannot see anything beyond our five senses. We cannot see into people’s hearts around us. We don’t know what the future holds—not even 10 minutes from now. At any given time, we only see a small part of the big picture.
  • Our perspective is broken. Due to selfishness, pride, and sin’s impact on us, we have a skewed perspective concerning ourselves and the surrounding world. Our inner compass points toward what we want. The problem is that what we want may not be what is right and best.
  • God’s perspective is perfect. God can see everything going on in the world right now. He sees everything going on in every person’s mind and heart. He views everything from eternity past and in eternity future with one glimpse. Additionally, his path is set on everything that is right and best.

As you pray about God’s direction for your life, do you let go of what you think you know?  Have you offered to God your mind and heart as a blank slate?

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