Description: Isaiah 55:8-9 is often used as an excuse for continuing in sin. Sinners argue that since our ways are not God's ways then we cannot help but sin. What does this passage actually teach? While all recognize our God's wisdom and knowledge is beyond our ability to fully comprehend, but does this mean we cannot walk in His ways that we can understand? Does this mean that we cannot live holy as He demands?
Brother Hicks Speaking: Hello brothers and sisters, today I want to talk to you about [the subject] “Are God’s ways higher than your ways?” This is a very interesting point, because I have heard so many people quote this, but they ignore the context. What does this passage actually say?
Isaiah chapter 55, verses 7 through 9, “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.”
Now the context is not the Lord talking to righteous people. He is talking to the wicked. He is telling the wicked forsake your way, because your ways are not My ways; the unrighteous man to forsake his thoughts, because your thoughts are not My thoughts. The righteous man: who has been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, who has been cleansed in the blood of Jesus, who has been regenerated by the Holy Spirit; they have thoughts that are the thoughts of God. They have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). They have ways that are the ways of God, because God has put that in them.
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” (Romans 11:33)
We can never know all of the Lord’s ways, but we can align our ways to be in line with His ways and our thoughts with His thoughts by repenting and believing the gospel.
Don’t quote verses that do not apply to you [as if they did]. If this [passage in Isaiah] applies to you it is simply because you have not repented. You have not even done what He says here! You want to quote this for yourself, but you do not even want to obey it! The Lord says to forsake your ways, take His way instead. He says for the unrighteous man to forsake his thoughts, take His thoughts. Stop living in foolish ways, in wicked ways; stop thinking foolish thoughts and wicked thoughts, start obeying the Lord Jesus Christ. Take up the Lord’s ways, His way, the path of righteousness. Take up the Lord’s thoughts, His thoughts of holiness, peace and love. Follow the Lord Jesus Christ and obey Him today. May the Lord Jesus bless you.