God’s thoughts higher than man’s
About God’s thoughts, the prophet says, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways … 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 ). People can’t understand the unlimited goodness and love of God and His infinite purpose for every person.
Too often man’s thoughts are full of bitterness and hostility; yet God’s thoughts are always of tender mercy and forgiving grace (Exodus 34:6, 7; Psalms 103:8–14; Jeremiah 29:11–13). Man’s thoughts are of time, and God’s, of eternity. Man’s thoughts are of self, and God’s, of His creation. Man’s thoughts are of what he can get, and God’s thoughts are of what He can give.
God’s thoughts in words
The prophet Isaiah adds that God’s thoughts are expressed in His Words, “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10,11).
The words of God reflect His will and have power to make that will come alive. They have power to create (Genesis 1:3; Psalms 33:6, 9), to give spiritual energy, life, and blessing (Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; Revelation 1:3), to judge and to condemn (Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 19:15), to raise men from the grave (Job 14:14, 15; John 11:43, 44; 1 Thessalonians 4:16), and to heal and save (Matthew 9:2, 6; Mark 2:5, 9–12; John 5:24; 6:63).
Christ – the expression of God’s thoughts
The Bible declares that Christ is the living Word (John 1:1). He came to reveal the character, thoughts, and will of the Father to men. The supreme expression of divine love is the Father’s gift of His own Son. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). Through Christ, it becomes possible for all people to be “called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1).
There are no limits and bounds to the love of God. And everyone can freely receive it. There is only one condition and that is belief in, and willing cooperation with Christ (John 1:12). Even that can be done by His enabling power (Romans 2:4). It is His tender love that melts hard hearts, brings back the lost, and changes sinners into saints (John 12:32).
Echo the mind of God
The apostle Paul declares in his second epistle to the Corinthian Church, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The plan of salvation aims to restore the image of the Creator in man (Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:2), a change that comes about by meditating on God’s Word (Romans 12:2; Galatians 4:19). The mediation on the life and death of Christ transforms the moral and spiritual nature as the presence of God did upon the face of Moses. The faithful believer who constantly gazes at Christ as his Redeemer will reflect in his own life something of the beauty of the Savior. If he diligently continues to do so, he will go on “from glory to glory” in his daily walk with the Lord (2 Peter 1:5–7).
In His service,