Isaiah 55:8-9 That’s Not Bread

Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV)
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.

These are some of my favorite verses in the Old Testament. No doubt I am not alone in that. If only we could get hold of this. Our reason, our logic, the arguments for and against the decisions we make, and the directions we travel are opposite to and even contrary to the thoughts and ways of God. His way, His thoughts are higher, better than our own. Most people I know would say amen to this – until His thoughts and ways get in the way of our own.

The Lord pointed out today that these verses are not in a vacuum. They belong in the context of the chapter beginning with,
Isaiah 55:1-2 (KJV)
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Here’s the thing, we dedicate our lives and spend our money on things of no substance. We buy bread that is not bread. We work for things that have no satisfaction.

The higher way is to “buy” from God that for which we cannot pay. We can do that for this one reason. It has been purchased for us in the blood of His Son.

The work that satisfies serves the Lord.

Everything else is useless.

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Isaiah 55:8-9 That’s Not Bread

Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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