8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Today’s Inspiration: We can never fathom God’s ways but His ways are higher than our ways. Isaiah 55:8-9. His instruction to Moses was to speak to the rock and it will yield its water. Numbers 20.8. Fearing embarrassment that when he speaks it will not work, he struck the rock twice instead and water came out abundantly. Verse 11. He was rebuked for unbelief and thus received the penalty of not being able to lead the assembly into the promised land. Verse 12. Jesus cannot be crucified twice. Sometimes we like to go on our own way and miss God. We refuse to believe God enough. Let us take heed of this lesson of life and ensure we reverent every word He has spoken to our life. Though it might tarry, He makes everything beautiful and bring it to pass. Ecclesiastes 3.11, Ezekiel 12:28.
Serving Him with all your heart and a willing mind without a shadow of doubt is the essence of life. The Lord searches all the hearts and understands all the intents of your thoughts. 1 Chronicles 28:9. Seek Him.
God moves in mysterious ways we don’t understand. Why did God allow Joseph to go through such severe trial? It was to individuate him. We must not allow our children to be emotionally and mentally dependent on us or the caretakers or they will not be able to handle their life when they grow up. God saw that his father favoured him more than his brothers. Everything he desired was done for him. As a result, he could not find his own identity. Individuation is the price of life. It begins in the mother’s womb as cells become their own identity and not the mother. Cutting the umbilical cord becomes organically one’s own entity. Weaning, managing to walk rather than be carried, learning to talk, mastering the toilet are all steps to individuation. Each stage of our life cuts physical dependence. But alas! We never allowed our child to grow up.
Joseph had to be set apart from his father to fulfill God’s calling to leadership. Had he not been set apart from his father, he would not be so wise and responsible. God has to change his dependency on his father to the full reliance of the Holy spirit before he could be placed in charge of Pharaoh’s wealth.
Until we go through lessons of life, we as branches will not abide with the vine and therefore not effective. John 15:4.
Jesus explained a parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15. Though this son appears to wanting the inheritance before the father’s death, behind it was God’s plan to individuate and internalise. God always wants us to taste the toxicity of life before we can be awakened to His plans, whose plans for our life cannot be thwarted because He the Lord does not change. Malachi 3:6. What He planned for our life even before our foundation of life, He will bring His plans to fulfilment no matter how we rebel against or what the enemy wants to do to us. For every trial there is a redemption. His plans are eternal. Sometimes as parents, we have delayed God’s plans for our children. Our ways and desires may not be God’s ways and desires. What you sow in early years of your child’s life will be reaped in adult years. Galatians 6:7.
Your responsibility as parent biological or spiritual, is to guide and lead your children to the plans of God and not what you desire of them or they will never grow up and be able to manage the stresses of life like the elder brother of the prodigal son who never grows up and react childishly instead of welcoming back the lost brother. Luke 15:29-30.
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