His Ways

June Devotional

ISAIAH 55:8-13

“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.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

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 These verses have circulating in my life through random conversations and messages at church the past couple months and let’s be honest, that normally means that the Lord is patiently trying to teach me something very specific!  And let’s just press pause for like half a second. Isn’t it amazing how much love He has for us, that He is so willing to take the time to chase us continually with the truth that He knows will set us free?! My prayer is that I will ALWAYS stay in awe of  this  and that I will never be too busy to stop and listen.

In this passage where the Lord is speaking, there a few things that have really ministered to me recently:

  •  vs. 8 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”  For me, when I look at my life, I find such comfort knowing that God DOESN’T work the way I do & that He DOESN’T think the way I think; that His ways and His plans are perfect  – and mine are far from it. While in challenging or even devastating situations, I want to ultimately cling to this truth knowing that He has gone before me. Instead of pushing for my way, I want to get on board with what He is already working out.
  • vs. 11 “…my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”  Nothing is ever wasted – my mistakes and all. His purpose always wins. This is something worth trusting in!

June Devotional 2

  • vs. 12 “You will go out in joy, and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills  will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” JOY & PEACE come from His purpose and that’s a reason for us all to celebrate!
  •  vs. 13b “This will be for the Lord’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.” Ultimately, it is all about Him. In our life, in past generations, and the generations of the future; for all of eternity, it is all about Him!

Something that I love about Scripture is that the Holy Spirit can use it to speak into our specific situations no matter how different they may be. This passage has hit home with me as of late (and I’ll get super specific about it in a future post!!), but I would love to hear how it has ministered to YOU. Feel free to share below or email me here.

I hope each of you have an amazing Independence Day Holiday!!!

 

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3 thoughts on “His Ways

  1. I loved reading this Anna!! My favorite part was where you wrote, can we just pause for like half a second and talk a about his love. His love is AMAZING! I could talk about it all day long. Great passage from Isaiah too! I love that none of his words are ever wasted, they always return to him fulfilled. Joy and peace are from him, and it’s not about us (whew, takes the pressure off!) It’s about him!

    I rememver coming vack from a mission trip to Honduras years ago. And I read this passage on the plane, 35,000′ above the Gulf of Mexico, crying softly to myself because of all the kids and people I left behind in Tegucigalpa. And I read it and it just gave me such comfort. In that loss and mourning of being out of mission, I was comforted just by remembering God’s nature, as the heavens are above….so are his ways. Hope you have have a fantastic 4th of July too and God bless you!! Keep writing, these are good words about our perfect and loving Jesus!

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  2. Joel, thank you so much for reading and sharing! It’s amazing how we can be in different life situations, and yet the Lord uses the same truth to minister to us in the exact way that we need it. Thank you for the encouragement! I hope you had a wonderful 4th as well!! – Anna

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