His Thoughts Are Not My Thoughts
Isaiah 55:8-9, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,’ declares 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.’”
Recently a brother in Christ sent me a text making some observations about social media. He recently had been required by his employer to join Facebook, and for the first time he had been exposed to the wit and wisdom of that platform. He said the following in his message to me, “In a day and age of Facebook and social media placing our thoughts and ideas on a pedestal, that (Isaiah 55:8-9) is a humbling verse. We don’t even have a clue as to the level of God’s thoughts, yet we think our Facebook posts are important.”
A few days later I took a portion of my day to hike up Black Mountain north of Craig Colorado where I live. I had not hiked up the mountain all summer for some reason. I love this mountain and I love the trails up there mainly because it is so isolated. I hardly ever run into anyone on the trail. So, I left the house one morning last week and took Jeter (our German Shepherd) with me and headed out.
After we got to the top, we took some time to rest and I took a few pictures, one of which is at the top of the page here. The views from on top of Black Mountain are always astonishing to me. You can see forever it seems. As I was up there, I reflected on those verses my friend had shared with me and I was humbled by those words and by what surrounded me that day. When you are standing on top of mountain like that or walking through a quiet Rocky Mountain forest you are impressed with the power and immensity of God. God says in Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
In this day in age where everyone seems to think that just because they have a Twitter account, Instagram, Facebook, etc… that the world needs to know what they are thinking. I have come to think lately, that Christian social media might be worse than secular social media. Probably because I don’t expect much from secular social media. I know of so many pastors, teachers, leaders, who waste an inordinate amount of time and space on social media basically promoting themselves.
Now, please understand I have been just as guilty of this as the next person. But my friends text reminded me that what the world needs is less of me and my inane thoughts and much more of God’s truth. As I sat up there on that mountain and looked at the wonder of God’s creation it occurred to me that if we Christians would use the tool of social media solely for the glory of God then we would be obedient truly obedient to Him, rather than using this tool for self-aggrandizement. We have such a desire to be liked and well thought of and admired that we share too many things that have nothing or precious little to do with the glory of God. Whether or not I like Donald Trump doesn’t glorify God. Whether or not my football team wins, or my kid’s athletic achievements are posted for all the world to see, doesn’t really matter to God; I’m convinced of this. What matters to Him is that He is glorified and that lost sinners are reached with the gospel of salvation by grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone.
We live in a world that is lost, and by lost I don’t mean that they just can’t seem to find meaning in their lives, I mean that the vast majority of people in the world are going to hell. What are we doing about it? In most cases nothing. In 1 Peter we are told that Jesus is the “living hope.” My challenge to myself is to traffic in nothing but the gospel, both in my day to day interactions with my neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family members; and to traffic in nothing but the gospel online as well. Afterall, what I have to say is of no consequence compared to what God has to say in His Word.