by Pastor Mark Jordan
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9, NIV)
This week we are going to take time looking at five ideas to help you gain a Godly perspective. As we started this emphasis yesterday, we considered how worry is the enemy to a Godly perspective; namely, because worry divides our mind from what is versus what could be, and it robs the focus we need for today while fretting about tomorrow. Today, I want to explore the fact that God’s ways are not our ways.
This can be a stark reality for anyone to comprehend. Our natural inclination is to want God to get on our page as opposed to our getting on His. We tend to think we know best, and life would go so much smoother is God would just do what we want Him to do. But this isn’t God’s way, which is bigger and higher than anything you can imagine.
God wants to get your head and heart aligned. He wants you to experience a convergence of what you think and feel, so it is congruent with the heart and mind of God. We read in the New Testament this amazing piece of wisdom: “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things” (Colossians 3:1-2, NIV). There is an old saying that indicates the longest distance in the world is the 18″ between the head and the heart…oh, how true that can be!
As we begin this week’s emphasis on developing a Godly perspective, it begins with getting your heart and mind in line with God’s desire for your life. His ways are higher than yours, and He wants you to set your heart and mind on the glory of heaven as opposed to the craziness of the world. This is where Jesus is, and where He wants you to be, too.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for loving me and wanting my heart and mind on you. Please forgive me for the times I want you to do what I want, as opposed to my longing to do what you want. I seek your help to bridge the gap between my head and heart so my thoughts and feelings are centered on you. I ask this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.