‘“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord.”
~ Isaiah 55:8
God’s thoughts and ways are unmatchable. As lovers of God, we have to stay connected to him as our source. It is impossible to operate as powerful believers in the tangible realm if we are not connected to the source of that power. Just as an electrical appliance has no use without power, so are we powerless if we are not connected to God. He is the source of our supply. He is the expert of anything we could ever wonder about in life—whether we are unsure about our relationships, career, or any important decision that we need to make. If you are uncertain about anything, talk to God. He reveals himself to those who seek after him. Just a few verses before, Isaiah tells us that we should seek the Lord while he may be found, and call upon him while he is near (Isaiah 55:6). I believe that God promises to draw near to us, if we draw near to him. He will reciprocate the effort that we put into experiencing intimacy with him (see James 4:8).
I am a planner. I love to know what my next move is. As if my life were a game of chess, my mind always tries to stay two moves ahead. If I’m honest, I’ll admit that I’m horrible at chess. While the game is fun to me, I have never mastered the act of developing a strategy. I can last in a game, but it takes me a long time to make a move. I will even refuse to play if there is a time limit. Every move has a degree of uncertainty to me, and I am not experienced enough at the game to anticipate how my opponent is going to advance.
Just as I’m inexperienced in the game of chess, I am also inexperienced in the game of life. I don’t have all of the answers. I don’t always know what decision to make. My life story is a series of events in which I have seemingly “landed” in places, only to learn later that God was involved in the journey all along…that He had a purpose in every turn and every obstacle that I experienced. It was only later that I started to grope after his thoughts behind the paths that I had to endure.
Just as I am an amateur at chess, I still feel like a “beginner” in the game of life. I need to seek God constantly…inquire of this thoughts and ways for me. Oftentimes it seems easier and more exciting to make my own decisions. But I have to realize that I can save myself a lot of heartache, anguish, and wasted time, if I remember to stay connected to the source. My thoughts are not his thoughts. My ways are not his ways. But I can ask him to share his thoughts and ways with me. And God, in all his sovereignty, can respond as he sees fit.
Are you connected to the source?