Is.55:8-11 – “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. The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. 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.”
Our God is really different from anyone or anything we have ever seen or imagined. In today’s verses He points to creation to display the way He works in our lives. For example, who ever thought of water or rain? Who’s idea was grain and seed? All of creation points to the wisdom of our awesome Creator. Rain, seed, grain, and harvest, all of this is for God’s glory and our provision and enjoyment. In the midst of these displays are God’s incredible lessons. We may not be farmers in the traditional sense but learning God’s ways is how we receive our provision from day to day.
I always remember a book one of my mentors, Mike McIntosh gave to me when I first returned to New Orleans to start our church. It was a classic by Oral Roberts, A DAILY GUIDE TO MIRACLES. In this book Brother Roberts taught several things that really helped Parris and I as we started our church.
First he taught to look to God as our source of provision. That may seem really simple but it is surprising how often we look to the things God uses as our source. It wasn’t the ravens or the widow that supplied for Elijah, it was God who used ravens and widows.
Secondly, he taught about the importance of seeing our tithes and offerings as seeds that we were planting. I remember seeing that truth and it changed everything for me. I got it, there is a miracle in every seed.
The next thing I learned was connecting my giving to the things the Lord was involved in. First, I saw the importance of sewing into my church, my tithe was my basic seed. Next, I recognized my offerings were also a seed. I saw the importance of foreign missions as well as ministries like Mary’s Song.
I am grateful for that book my friend Mike gave to me and thankful for those lessons I learned from Oral Roberts. Read today’s verses again carefully, maybe you will begin to see the strange ways of the Lord.