The Infinite Nature Of God Part 3 of 3
Our Fleshly reactions are certainly not God’s higher way. Isaiah 55:8-9 helps us understand the vast span of His thoughts verses our thoughts. It says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says 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.”
Psalm 18:30 helps us gain perspective. It says, “As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” His way is perfect and ours is not. I know that is an understatement, but there is good news with verse 32. It says, “It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.”
I am very grateful that God is patient with us. He uses our trials to make our way perfect. Each trial is designed to conform us to His image. They give us benefits that we lacked, and help strengthen our faith as we pass through the fiery trial.
Here is another amazing aspect of God’s infinite nature. Our relationship with Him is personal. He knows everything about us. He knows our thoughts before we even think them. That may be a little unnerving to some but it is a wonderful truth. That means that whatever we have hidden and forgotten He knows. Therefore He is able to set us free from the things that hold us in bondage.
Isaiah 5:13 says, “Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge…” Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” We can become captive to satan’s devices without even realizing it. He works through deception. He doesn’t advertise ahead of time. We can ‘fall’ for his temptation and become ensnared.
The enemy of our soul uses the things we have hidden to keep us trapped. James described the progression of a temptation to sin. James 1:13-15 says, “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.”
The temptation is cloaked so that we will be deceived. Verse 16 says, “Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren.” When we stand in truth through faith, the fiery dart will be quenched. Ephesians 6:16 says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” It is our faith that is attacked through the temptations.
Here is a great verse that shows our faith stance, Nahum 2:1 says, “He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch the road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily.” We stand in faith when we stand in God’s unshakable, infinite truth.