Saturday 18 Nov 2017
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

His ways are different from ours

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; let him return to the Lord, that he may 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.
 
One of the ways through which those of us who call upon the name of God can easily become vulnerable and succumb to anxiety, worry and lack of peace is when we ignore certain points about God and the manner of relationship we have with him. Man since his fall has cultivated a rebellious nature and as a result has been in the battle of will with his God. 
The result is that he has lost the ability to worship God in spirit and truth.
 
 Man's rebellious nature is one that wants to do it all alone, at his own pace , on his own terms and with the ultimate desire to milk all the glory for himself. Although he wants the rewards and the blessings which only God can give, but he is not ready to submit his will  to the will of God. The consequence of this, is his inability to come into these blessings thus culminating in unrest, lack of peace as well as the fear and anxiety that has become his lot in life.
 
One of the ways through which the rebellious nature of man continues to deceive him even in his quest for God, is where he is led to believe that his thoughts and ways, by this i mean the thoughts and ways that have their origin in his own desires, driven by his flesh and inspired by his world is in alignment with the ways and thoughts of God all the time. He is even deluded to think that his ways and thoughts comes before that of his maker. This is a position which the scripture verse above has debunked, by opening our eyes to the truth which says that God's ways and thoughts are unlike ours, as a matter of fact they are higher, purer, better and enduring.
 
Confronted by this reality, man has two options facing him in order to resolve these irreconcilable differences, either he continues in the rebellion of his heart or he acknowledges with humility the errors of his mis-judgements, and turn to God in repentance by submitting himself to the thoughts and ways of God.
 
For the one who is born again and professes to be a believer, this is an important truth which he must acknowledge and submit himself to, if he is to benefit immensely from the salvation which the knowledge of Christ has brought to him. This I say because, the one who is the author and finisher of our faith himself, said about his relationship with God the father:
 "..... nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will" -Mathew 26:39b.
 
While the temptation to court our own ways and thoughts would always remain, we must be careful to resist this as we go about our daily living. These we would face, from our peers and from the world around us, the pressure to continue in this rebellion would daily assail and entice us, by comparing us with others while trying to impress upon us that we too can achieve that much by rebelling against the ways and thoughts of God. We must continue to resist these temptations and the motivation for doing this is found in the promise of God which says: 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope - Jeremiah 29:11. 
 
Lord help us thy will to enthrone in our heart.