Higher Ways…

When creating husbands, God promised women that good and ideal husbands would be found in all corners of the world.… And then He made the Earth round! But His ways are not our ways:“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” His ways are above the heavens. God simply IS: without beginning and without end – Alpha & Omega.

The history of creation teaches us so much about God and about ourselves. There is one God who exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Father spoke the powerful words and everything was created through the Son and the Spirit hovered over the waters. We may argue about how God did it, but it is impossible to argue about who the Creator is! If you take Him out of creation it’s a bit like saying that scrap metal lying in a junk yard might just assemble itself into a fully functional Airbus 380. Impossible! The order and complexity of our world, of our "fearfully and wonderfully made" bodies shows there must have been a designer. As God say to Job: “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”

When Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, returned to earth he remarked:- “Now I know God does not exist, because I was there and I didn’t see him!” Yet when John Glenn looked out at the earth, he read from Genesis 1 and remarked he felt “the hand of Almighty God”. Paul in Romans says the most amazing thing: “That since the creation of the world God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made” (1:20).

A college lecturer of mine wrote a book called “God and Us”, but he wanted it to simply be titled “God – Wow!”, but the publishers said no. God created all we see and experience. OK we may not have gazed at this planet from the tiny window of a spacecraft, but our breath can be taken away just by examining a flower, seeing a baby being born, or watching the northern lights! Wow indeed!

Think about when you last created something. It may have been a painting, flower arranging, building a shed, or putting together some DIY furniture (usually without instructions!). Were you satisfied? Each morning God saw that His work was good with the satisfaction of an artist. He pauses because each day was good: “O Lord, our Lord, the majesty of your name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.” (Ps. 8:1). The opening verse from Ps.8 shows that God the all-powerful Creator, cares for His most valuable creation – you and me! And I want to suggest that our Isaiah text says something about salvation…

"…Seek the Lord while He may be found" – is saying – don’t seek happiness in material things, or seek peace in the futile security the world offers. You will fail because you’re looking in the wrong place. You are in church at the moment. The evidence of the Lord is all around you. He is present in every Christian believer. He is found where 2 or 3 meet together. So seek the Creator. Seek the God of the Bible. He is there to be known.

The first component of salvation is to abandon your previous quest – seeking happiness in material things, seeking peace in the vain security the world offers, seeking fulfillment in activism – and direct your quest to the LORD. Seek Him urgently. Call on Him, cry to Him, plead with Him to enable you to find Him. Acknowledge He is the One you need. His Spirit is ready and willing to work within us. David reminds us in the beautiful 139th Psalm: “I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night, but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.”

Isaiah tells us some useful information about the nature of God’s word: "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…So is my word that comes out of my mouth, it will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace.” What is God telling us here?

First, if we want to understand God, we must seek Him and seek to know Him. Second, God’s word flows from His person and character, and thus can be trusted. God’s word is always fulfilled for God is always faithful and always trustworthy. Third, God’s word will change and renew our lives. Our lives pale in comparison to God’s original intent and design, but as we embrace joy and peace, we enter into new life.

Even in the deepest darkness of our sins, God through the Silent Shepherd, the Holy Spirit, works inside us, creating in us the change of heart. And when we come into the light of salvation, we celebrate what God has done in our darkness, for we have become a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). So, when we wake up each morning let’s remember and have a sense of wonder of both the physical Creation and our new “spiritual” creation. For the unfailing love of the Lord never ends and after the darkness – new every morning is His love (Lam. 3:23).

God is not only around for the Sunday AM Service. He’s not just on Greenwhich Mean Time either. Our God is a timeless God. He is the ancient of Days and we should seek Him when we are in trouble. We should call upon Him when we’ve been blessed and He has made us thankful. Don’t worry about tomorrow, Jesus says, let’s deal with today, and if you need me, Seek ME – I’m waiting to be found by you. We’re the ones that make it difficult! The promise of seeking God is that we will surely find Him. Jeremiah 29:13: “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Declares the Lord. Then when we are filled with Christ’s Spirit, the best gift we can give to our world is a lifestyle that replaces good for evil: a lifestyle that practices love in down to earth ways:-

One winter day, a little boy was trying to keep his shoeless feet warm. A woman passing by saw the frosty-toed child and her heart ached. He had only a light-weight jacket and no shoes and the air was chill, the wind sharp. "Where are your shoes, young man?” she asked. The boy reluctantly admitted he didn’t have any. “Why don’t you come with me and we’ll see what we can do about that?” the woman said. Taking his hand, she led him into a nearby shop and bought him a new pair of shoes and a warm jacket. When they came back onto the street, the little boy was so excited that he started to run off to show his family his gifts. Suddenly, he turned around and ran back to the woman. He thanked her and then hesitated, “Lady could I ask you a question? Are you God’s wife?” The woman smiled and said, “Oh no, I’m not God’s wife, just one of God’s children.” The little boy grinned and nodded enthusiastically, “I knew it! I just knew you were related!”

It’s a lovely story which tells us that God’s Word will not return empty to heaven and that God will obtain glory for Himself because of what He has chosen to do for us – besides what we choose to do for Him. We may not have all the answers but we serve the God who does. He wants us to be His instruments of hope, peace and justice in the world by witnessing to His incredible mercy and grace. For then: "The mountains and hills will burst into song and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever.”

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