Monday, March 12, 2018

Water or snow? Both help us grow!

“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, Doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them." (Isaiah 55:8-9 MSG)
It is probably a good thing God doesn't think the way we think, huh? My 'thinker' gets a little muddled in thought at times, making it kind of 'hazardous territory' to travel! If God thought the way we thought, he would be very limited in his approach to issues and to our needs. We see things one or two ways, not really seeing the bigger picture at all, but we aren't limited by that thought when God is the one doing the thinking in our lives!
It is also a very good thing that God doesn't do things the way we might always think they should be done, nor is he limited by the way we choose to do things in our lives. He can 'work beyond' our actions and this is a very good thing indeed! I know I am grateful for each time he has actually worked beyond my actions and even those times he has worked around them in order to change them!
God's thoughts lead to consistent actions. His words activate consistent actions. These two go hand-in-hand. The words and thoughts of God are action-oriented. They produce - never returning devoid of accomplishing exactly what they intended to accomplish. Unlike our thoughts and words, his are reliable and trust-worthy. 
The words of God complete the assignment he has given them to do - not ending their effect until that very thing is fully accomplished. I guess this is why so many of us can say we feel like God's got his attention consistently focused on one particular area of our lives. It is like we are under the magnifying glass in a particular area - with him focusing on a particular thought pattern, attitude, etc. Each time we hear or read his Word, we hear that consistent message to deal with that area. The desire of our heart might be to 'take a break' from dealing with that area, but his desire is that his Word accomplish exactly what he set out for it to accomplish - nothing short of that will do.
If you ever wonder how it is God's Word can seem to come to us in oh so many ways, all saying the same thing, just a little differently, it might just be that God knows we need to hear it all those different ways in order to have it finally accomplish what it is set out to do. The rain comes to produce growth, just as the snow does. Both are quite similar, yet very unique. One is immediately soaking in, the other settles in for a while and eventually the temperature of our souls will begin to affect how quickly it is broken down and allowed to saturate them! Just sayin!