Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 14, 2013
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
There is a ‘God gap’ between a natural man’s thinking and a spiritual man’s thinking. The Lord’s thoughts do not traffic on the road of unrighteousness, but on heaven’s highway of righteousness. Thus, wise are the ones who lean into the Holy Spirit to intuit God’s heart. This is a spiritual understanding that only comes by the Spirit’s discernment. To comprehend the mind of Christ is counterintuitive and countercultural. Yes, the ‘God gap’ is bridged by the Spirit’s illumination.
Quietly and confidently the Holy Spirit searches for a humble heart to reveal the heart of Jesus. Sometimes we are like Peter before Pentecost, impetuous and fleshly in our faith. But post Pentecost, Peter was transformed by the Holy Spirit’s power. So, in our flesh we flounder in the extremes of indifference or unloving activism, but in the Spirit we are led into the Lord’s heart of love for people. Love is the baseline of belief that understands and embraces the mind of Christ.
The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for, “Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:15-16
How do you intuit the heart of God? How do you know if you walk by the Spirit or by sight? As you abide in prayer you hear God’s heart. Silence is the preferred communication method of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps as you sit in solitude you become like one of the characters in your gospel reading. You may imagine yourself like Peter, trusting but anxious, as you walk on the water toward Jesus. In prayer you enter into Scriptural experiences and you experience God.
Above all, you can trust the heart of God. You may not understand today why you need to obey what He says, but tomorrow He will affirm His trustworthiness. You may struggle to see good in your situation, but the Holy Spirit will give you peace to persevere. By God’s grace intuit His heart and you will rest in knowing Him, period. Know God’s heart and your service will be inspired by the Holy Spirit. Intuit God’s heart and your relationships will blossom in intimacy. His thoughts become your thoughts. His ways become your ways. Know Him to know His will.
I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
Prayer: Heavenly Father, reveal Your heart by Your Spirit, so I can walk in Your ways.
Related Readings: Numbers 23:19; Psalm 37:4; Micah 4:12; Romans 11:33-36; Philippians 2:5
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