Summary: Isaiah made it clear on behalf of God that his thoughts are way differant to ours and his ways are much higher than ours, so why would we limit God?
Isaiah 55: 8-11 This passage talks of a future servant who would save God's people as they returned from exile and followed him.
An interesting time of the year, welcome to 2011, well I guess that many of you welcomed the New Year in yesterday. Many of you would have probably have made one of those New Years resolutions. That sort of I’m going to loose a couple of kilos, work at getting a pay rise, get up earlier, and smile more at my neighbour’s, that sort of things. OK time to fess up who here has resolved to do what?
Resolutions are good and all these things are excellent to aim at, there is one thing that I believe could have real impact and it can have real impact. It’s trying to alter our own limits on our potential, and how we limit others potential and the limits we put on God’s potential to work in our lives. Often we limit ourselves and we limit those around us and we put limits on God’s involvement in our lives. We are inclined to put ourselves in a box, to put others in a box and to put God in a box.
1) This year I am going to engage in some outside the box thinking, and I’d like to invite you to do the same. God has always had a way of taking the inside the box stuff and using something to blow that thinking apart.
Who would have thought a child, who was born to a couple of poor teenagers from a dry dusty town in the Middle East around two thousand years ago would be worshipped as The Saviour of the World, ‘to the very ends of the earth’ (which incidentally is here in New Zealand) today!
In this next year I would ask that we don’t limit God! The prophet Isaiah wrote down these words of God;
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
9 “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)
Do you get the sense here that God is saying; don't limit me by your thinking and to be aware that I am God!
God: that little word that holds the most massive of meanings and encourages endless human attempts at understanding.
I learned along time ago that I tend to limit God. That my understanding is limited by my own sensory perception and my education, that even my understanding of His love is limited, by how I have been shown love in my upbringing.
It is a little like this, your understanding of food might be that you have only ever eaten boiled food with a little salt for seasoning when there are many other ways in which food can be prepared and seasoned. It could be the thing with the most flavour you have ever tasted is, say boiled mutton chops, cabbage and onions with a little salted potato. Yum! Why limit it?
What if that food could speak what would the mutton chop say. “try me seasoned with a fresh mixed herbs, plum sauce and a side of pan fried mushrooms.” The potato, the onion what could you do with that, and cabbage it has potential beyond boiling, doesn’t it, yes even cabbage has potential? Why limit it?