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So Are My Ways Higher Than Your Ways

June 25, 2014

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So Are  My Ways Higher  Than Your Ways

Fear  and self-deprecation  lead many away  from the truths  of our actual situation.      Many are those  who will not turn  to the LORD  for forgiveness  —  just because  they are afraid  that God  will not forgive them.     They wrongly imagine  that God  will only forgive  the faithful church-goer  —  the do gooder  —  the pious.     They think  that God  will berate them  for their sins  and make them pay royally  for their misdeeds.

Such thoughts  are the farthest thing  from the truth.     Actually,  our Savior  is constantly asking us  to turn  to Him  for forgiveness.     That’s why  He is called  our Savior.     We probably don’t even recognize  or acknowledge  Christ’s loving invitations.     It could be  in something wondrous  and tender  that we saw  —  in the kind words  of a friend  —  in something we read  —  in a smile  —  in the friendliness  of a stranger  —  a hint  about God’s love  —  you name it.

The point is  that God is constantly and gently  giving us reminders  of His power  to forgive  and give us eternal salvation.     We need  to be seeing God’s love working  in all of creation  —  in the promises  of His word  —  and in the history  of this world.     With so many urgings  all around us,  we think  about what God says  to us  in Isaiah 55:6-9,

Seek the LORD  while He may  be found;
Call upon Him  while He  is near.
Let the wicked  forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man  his thoughts;
And let him  return  to the LORD,
And He will  have compassion  on him;
And  to our God,
For He will  abundantly pardon.
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.”

This,  in and of itself,  is an open invitation  to absolutely every one  of us  —  no matter how greatly  we have sinned.     We don’t have  to be afraid  of humbly approaching God  for forgiveness,  because His ways are  “higher  than your ways.”     We don’t have  to put ourselves down,  because God’s invitation here  is directed  to every one  of us.

God is just urging  “the wicked”  to  “forsake his way”,  and  “the unrighteous man  his thoughts.”     God is  letting us know  that we don’t have  to always be “wicked”  and  “unrighteous”  in this world,  in order  to find peace,  love,  and happiness.     No unrighteousness  ever leads  to a true peace,  love,  or happiness.     We’re all sinners  —  whatever our pet sins.     Even the supposedly good person  is a sinner  in constant need  of seeking  “the LORD  while He may  be found”.

Absolutely nobody  ever loses  their need  to keep on  turning  to the LORD  for forgiveness  and the strength  to meet  another day.

As we think  on God’s  eternal love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  may Your love  work mightily  in our hearts  and minds.”

Love,
Margaret

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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