“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.” Isaiah 55:8-9
This verse is both an encouragement and an invitation. They are encouraging because God thoughts and ways are far beyond anything we know. They are an invitation because it is possible to grow in God’s thoughts and ways.
1. Power to see the best and highest goal.
2. Power to choose the best and highest goal.
3. Power to know and do the surest means of attaining the best and highest goal.
Wisdom, goodness, and power are to be considered together. The Old and New Testaments speak of God’s:
• Goodness. Psalm 107:1, Matthew 19:16, 17
• Wisdom. Job 12:13, Romans 11:33
• Power. Psalm 62:11, 12, 1 Corinthians 1:18
Notice the combination of power and wisdom.
1. Job 9:4. 2. Job 36:5. 3. Isaiah 40:26, 28. 4. Daniel 2:20. 5. Romans 16:25, 27
Wisdom without power is impotence. Power without wisdom is injustice. In God both infinite wisdom and unending power come together in unity. Perfect Goodness, Perfect Wisdom, and Perfect Power are worthy of our trust.
God’s goodness, wisdom and power are often maligned due to misunderstanding God’s best and highest goals.
The goal of our Live Wise series of conversation is to help you develop and deploy moral goodness, wisdom, and power.
1. Develop “God Awareness” by being conscious of Him constantly.
2. Develop moral goodness, wisdom, and power consciousness.
3. Develop moral goodness, wisdom, and power growth goals.
Growth in this domain can be measured by decreasing the gap between your thoughts and ways and God’s thoughts and ways. The New Testament shows us the closing of the gap