“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.
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, 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.
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.
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.”
I was looking back at the passage I chose for my verse this year: Isaiah 55:11-13. Right before verse 11, it says “My thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways are not your ways…” and then by the end of this chapter it says “This will be for the Lord’s renown…” it talks about beautiful trees growing in the place of where thorns once were. Doesn’t that fill you with hope today?
What thorns do you see in your own life?
5 Take Aways from this Passage
1. God’s ways are not our ways.
2. God’s Word will not return void. (Are you clinging to His promises?)
3. You WILL go OUT in joy.
4. You will be led by peace. (Do you need the reminder of Who our true peace is?)
5. This will be for the Lord’s renown.
Those beautiful trees growing where thorns once were…can you BELIEVE GOD for it? And when it all comes to fruition…He gets the glory. He is made famous. He shows off His work and hand in your life and others will see His faithfulness.