Joy and Peace is For the Taking

By Pastor Ruth Denboer

Isaiah 55:8 “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
9For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

I have thought of this verse so many times in my life.  Times when I certainly didn’t understand what was going on in my life or in the lives of those around me.  Times when I thought life didn’t seem “fair” or “just”, or simply went a completely different direction than I had thought it would.  I find this verse, and the whole of chapter 55 in Isaiah, to be very encouraging when going through something particularly challenging.  As I read this chapter I again realize that God’s thoughts are nothing like mine.  When I don’t understand … HE DOES!

This chapter seems to be telling me to just simply trust in Him.  It tells me in verse 11 “It is the same with my word. I send it out, and it always produces fruit.  It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it.”

This verse calms my heart when I feel anxious and confused.  This verse tells me that nothing is above God.  When He speaks there will be action!  This verse also challenges me to know what the Word of the Lord says, so that I can speak it.  God is faithful and His Word is forever settled.  The key is for me to take a step back from the situation and remember who God is, humble my heart and accept the fact that He is God and I am not.  I have been given the wonderful opportunity of trusting in the character of God and the Word of God.

So to sum it all up I need to put my thoughts and opinions aside … verse 6 says to “seek the Lord” … “to call upon Him”.  I then need to trust in a God who is much wiser than I, and if I am willing to do this … verse 12 gives us the result of that decision … “You will live in joy and peace.”