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Not Your Thoughts

Devotional 1.24.24

Dear Faith Family, 

Seek the Lord while He may be found… 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, (Isaiah 55:6, 8-9). 

God so doesn’t operate according to my rules of operation manual or even according to my calendar.  Insert Joshua 6 here.  You remember, right?  That was the record of the fall of Jericho.  A page right out of the warrior’s handbook of how to destroy a walled city in seven short days.  And while you’re at it, don’t forget to save one prostitute by the name of Rahab!  It’s all on page 293 of the handbook. 

Meanwhile, back to the future, like today.  Some friends of mine are being transplanted to another galaxy far, far away.  Iowa!  One “minor” item on the transplant to do list is to sell their house.  So, like any wise homeowner about to sell their house, they googled “how to sell your house in seven easy steps”. 

  • Step one:  buy a basketball goal. 
  • Step two:  list the basketball goal on Facebook Marketplace.  Keep in mind that the listing must occur at just the right time so as to attract a buyer with a Ford Escape (It’ll make sense when you get to steps three and following). 
  • Step three: when the potential buyer asks if the basketball goal will fit into the Ford Escape, tell him “no”. 
  • Step four: (maybe step three?)  Be sure that the potential buyer owns a moving company with a tractor trailer truck, one clearly marked with the name of the moving company on it. 
  • Step five: be sure that his truck won’t fit in the driveway so that he’ll have to park his moving van tractor trailer truck in front of the house where people can clearly see it. 
  • Step six: make sure that a friend of a friend of the neighbor drives by the house, sees the moving van, assumes that you’re moving, and wants to buy the house. 
  • Step seven: Sell the house!  (Ok.  Yes.  There are more steps than that.  But if you follow those steps, the others will fall into place!) 

Here’s my point.  God doesn’t seem to play by our rules.  He doesn’t follow our manual or our calendar.  So, what are we to do?  I know.  I know.  Pray.  And try to convince Him to do it our way, right?!  (I don’t think so Tim.)  Or, better yet, seek the Lord in prayer.  Before Isaiah told us that God is not like us in thought or deed, he told us to seek the Lord.  Make today about discovering your Lord.  Look for what He is doing.  Stop fretting that life isn’t measuring up to your manual or calendar.  Start looking for basketball goals, Ford Escapes, and moving vans.  No, wait.  Start looking for the God of basketball goals, Ford Escapes and moving vans.   

Go ahead.  Seek Him, 
Pastor Karl