Isa 55:8 ESV – For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.
We’ve seen the need to call on our Lord, and we’ve seen the need to repent. Now, God describes why He, the Almighty Maximally Perfect Being would even consider accepting us after repentance. It’s simple, in a way – His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are our ways His ways.
What are our thoughts when someone has sinned against us, in word or in deed? Simply put, we demand justice. If someone deliberately breaks my belongings, they can replace it, and all will be fine. Has someone lied to me or about me? If they tell the truth and do their best to make restitution, then I’ll forgive. It’s a pretty conditional acceptance.
What are my ways when someone sins against me? They are the ways of payback or recompense. Whatever has been taken needs to be restored. That is all.
God, although just, is not as simple as I am. His demands for justice aren’t like mine. As we read yesterday, He will abundantly pardon.
My name actually means, “Little Christ,” so how much more should I be trying to find out His ways and not my own. Today, I will forgive injustices done to me, as I try to follow God’s Way.