Second guessing God
My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
There are those that think heaven is for super good and religious people. We think this way because we project our own image to God and conclude that He thinks just like us. “These things you have done and I kept silence; You thought that I was just like you” (Psalm 50:21 NASB). And if we think this way, Isaiah says from the text, “we are mistaken.” We should not second guess God for His thoughts and His ways are “beyond anything you could imagine.” This is why we need to turn in repentance to Him. We may assess ourselves as someone who does not have much sin or wrong-doing in life compared to others, yet God sees our hearts. “You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse!” (Romans 2:1). When God examines our lives, He will conclude and say “Everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard” (Romans 3:23). When we begin to humble ourselves before God and defer to His evaluation of our life, the more we will understand His grace. This is how salvation begins, submitting to His grace; also the middle, living by His grace; and eternity, glory in His grace. If we keep on listening to His word, the more we will realize what God could do. God’s word is powerful that it will accomplish what it had purposed to do. “I send it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it” (Isaiah 55:11). Real life comes from beyond us and when we receive it from God, it overcomes death. As the Lord Jesus Christ said, “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life... And those who listen will live” (John 5:24-25).