So this is a first.
It’s a quarter till 2 in the morning and I haven’t slept yet.
But since I have no intention of waking up in four hours, I figured I’d do this morning’s devotion before I went to bed. How crazy is that?
I have to warn you though, readers, that I am supremely exhausted. So if I switch over and start writing in Klingon, you can chalk it up to sleep deprivation. =)
As I am uber-tired (stupid product catalog repagination project), I will keep this brief. What’s really awesome is that the verse really speaks for itself. It’s one of my favorites, although it’s one of the ones that frustrates the living daylights out of me.
8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9 For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
Have you ever tried to understand God? Have you ever tried to wrap your head around who He is and what He’s planning? Probably didn’t work too well, did it?
I know I’ve tried so many times to figure out what He’s up to, and usually I end up frustrating myself.
I’ve heard it said that us trying to understand God is like trying to find one specific grain of sand on all the beaches of the world. Or like trying to find a single molecule of water in all the oceans of the world. It’s impossible. Our puny little insignificant human minds couldn’t take it.
I’m reminded of a story out of the Old Testament when Moses asked to see God, and God put him in a cave and covered him with His hand and passed by and allowed Moses to see the very trailing edge of His glory. Any more than that and Moses’ weak human body would have turned to dust and ash. And even seeing that much of God turned Moses into a nightlight. It’s a cool story. In Exodus I believe.
So what is it about us human types that makes us think that we can understand God? Or that we can tell Him what to do? Well, it’s pride. And that’s something we all suffer from, no matter who we are or even how long we’ve followed Christ.
I could wax eloquent for a couple hundred more words, but I think my eloquence is waxed out.
So let’s just be realistic here.
God created everything. God knows everything. He’s all powerful, and He’s everywhere all the time.
And the plain and simple fact is that we only get to breathe on a regular basis by His grace. There is nothing that we have that He hasn’t given us, whether it’s our homes or our families or our jobs (stupid product catalog project that keeps me up to 2 in the morning but that I’m thankful for becuase I have a job).
So instead of sitting around pondering the meaning of God’s will or seeking the answer to life, the universe and everything (it’s 42, by the way), read the Bible. The Bible will tell you everything you need to know about God. Or at least, it will tell you everything you can possibly attempt to grasp about Him.
But most of all it will show you how much you still have to learn. And I think that’s the point.