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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Peace for the Inquiring Mind

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 NIV).

[Jesus said,] “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 NIV).

Great peace comes for the inquiring mind when it fully appreciates that the ways of God will always be mysterious to man. While God in one sense has let us know fully what is expected of us on earth (the Fruit of the Spirit as manifested in Christ Jesus), in another sense his ways are utterly mysterious and it is pointless—even dangerous for mental health—to strive to piece together every cause and effect of his actions on earth. The task for us is not to understand God's ways but to concentrate on God's will for our lives—to bloom where we are planted. Our prayer should always be for the Lord to spare us from intellectual arrogance and to grant us instead humility in performing our tasks on earth.

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