These two verses in Isaiah 55, encapsulate the difference between man and God. As soon as we think our ways are better than God’s, we’re setting ourselves up for a gigantic fall. It happened at the beginning of civilization, when Adam accepted the fruit from Eve and both of them sinned against God through their disobedience. It continues today with every sinful thought, word and deed we do, because of our inborn sin.
In our world today, we’re told that sin is non-existent – that we’re accountable to no one except ourselves – that there is no God – that we should live every moment to the max, because we deserve it – that we are the rulers of our own domain – that we should blame others for our mistakes and foolish actions – that when we die, that’s the end of us.
We’ve gotten so far away from the truth of God’s Word, which incidentally was inspired by God’s voice into the minds, mouths and pens of ordinary men. If you don’t believe that, chances are you’ll not believe in God’s expectations of us – He demands perfection. You will never comprehend His unique love, which surpasses understanding. You won’t see His willingness to sacrifice Himself to pay for every sin and to give us the inheritance of a life in eternity. None of it will make sense without the Bible.
Every time you refer to His Word, you’ll learn something new, but the core of the message is that God’s love is different than ours. His ways are not our ways. His thoughts are different than ours. He is perfect in every way. Because of his unconditional love, we’ve been given freedom from our sin. We’ve been purchased at a great price. We need the law of the Old Testament to show us our sin. The New Testament is God’s gift to mankind – His “get out of jail, free” card. Through it we see how great God’s love is for us. He washes the slate clean and gives us a fresh start.
This doesn’t mean we can go through life sinning as usual. Because we’ve been redeemed by the Savior, Jesus, we should be changed through our sanctification – not by our deeds, but by God’s unimaginable love. The change will be evident in how we finish out the rest of our lives. We’ll never be like God until we reach His heavenly realm, but staying true to His Word of truth, we’ll grow to know who He is and how much He loves us. His love is without end – love unknown by us – love imperishable, everlasting, eternal. He cannot be outdone, so why would we even try?
“Only the supernatural love of God through changed lives can solve the problems that we face in our world.”