Spirit & Life Devotional
Saturday, 19 September 2015
Chinaemerem Joshua Ibezim
Knowing God And His Ways
"'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,' says 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 55:8-9 NKJV
I think that a lot of us misunderstand God; we have our own ideas of Who He is, what He wants, etc, which are sometimes different from the truth. Our thoughts about God are often a result of various influences upon our lives, such as our cultures, family backgrounds and teachings we've received overtime. The way to know God and what pleases Him is by revelation. It's important for us all to have personal revelations of Him, especially through His word.
It's interesting that after years of walking closely with Jesus Peter still had a lot to learn about the ways of God. In a vision, he saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. And a voice said to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.” But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.” A voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.” That happened thrice and the object was taken up into heaven again. While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.”
We must have a hunger in us to know God more and His ways. David prayed, "Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths." Isaiah 2:2-3 says, "Now it shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established on the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.'" Amen!