It is too easy to let my thoughts and my ways follow my feelings and my own distractions. I have never been one to feel just a little bit. I kinda go all out when I do things, for the good or for the bad, it’s who I am. I feel big, think big and do most of what I do two-feet-in.
So when I think something, I can find myself twisting it over so many times in my mind that the original thought is no longer identifiable. Thankfully God gives me a new way to think through His life-giving Word.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For 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
He doesn’t think like us or act like us. He has higher thoughts, loftier thoughts, thoughts that contain the big picture of His perfect glory. His ways are far different. His ways are always life-giving and never sinful or selfish. His thoughts and His ways never fail and cannot be thwarted.
This divisive-over-anything type culture perceives we think we know what is best and that our own ways are always wisest. But God comes to the surrendered believer and reminds us through His Word how very different His thoughts and ways are.
How do we, with the mind of Christ (according to Philippians 2:5) begin to think and thus make our ways like His?
First, we renew our mind. Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we must be transformed by the renewing of our minds. That is we identify the lie we believe about God and/or ourselves and we replace it with Truth, which is the Word of God. When we are memorizing Scripture and turning Truth over in our mind rather than lies, we will speak differently and act differently.
Then, we walk in His ways. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us that when we trust the Lord with all our heart, not just partly as I can be prone to do, and we lean not on what we understand. But rather, lean on Him and seek to recognize Him in everything. Then we walk in His ways, which are forgiving, loving, and speaking truth, even if we don’t understand why.
Teach me Your ways, O LORD, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name. (Psalm 86:11)
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