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Beyond Comprehension

Read Isaiah 55:6-9

"Seek the Lordwhile he may be found;call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither 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."

Reflect

  • As you ponder God's ways, especially His love for us, what thoughts come to mind?
  • Do you trust Him, even when you can't sense Him in your life?
  • Do you believe that Jesus forgives and accepts you?

"What were they thinking?" You've probably asked that question when you've seen someone do something foolish. Perhaps you've asked it of yourself when you've messed up. The same question applies to situations when someone does something extraordinarily generous, kind or self-sacrificing. In a tone tinged with wonder, we ask: "How can they do that? What were they thinking?"

God's generous love and promises, as described by Isaiah, produces the same sense of wonder. In spite of His people's repeated betrayals, the Lord invites them to His table, to live with Him, and to enjoy HIS eternal love and presence.

Verses 8 and 9 point out that the "what were you thinking?" question is impossible to answer in this case. God's thoughts are so much above and beyond ours, encompassing both the physical and the spiritual worlds, stretching for all eternity. He knows things that we can never comprehend. Similarly, His holiness, love and faithfulness are deeper, wider and richer than our minds can hope to grasp. Because we know His character, we can trust His promises, even when we can't see them in our circumstances.

Pray

Gracious Lord, thank you for your astounding patience--especially when I am disobedient. In my human nature, I sometimes behave impatiently and try to take matters in my own hands. Help me to wait on you--to trust your timing and your perfect plan. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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About Back to the Bible

Back to the Bible is a worldwide Christian ministry dedicated to leading people forward spiritually. Using media and technology, Back to the Bible meets people at their own spiritual level and walks with them daily into a living, growing and passionate relationship with Jesus Christ by equipping and motivating them to engage Scripture daily. With every 25-minute study, you'll gain a better understanding of what the Bible says, what it means and how to apply it to everyday life.

About Dr. Bryan Clark

It’s with joy and anticipation that we welcome Dr. Bryan Clark to the team to serve as your daily Bible teacher at Back to the Bible. As senior pastor of Lincoln Berean Church, the church that Dr. Warren Wiersbe was a past member of, Bryan is the perfect person to pick up the torch from Dr. Wiersbe. Bryan will be the official Bible teacher, as we are officially retiring from BTTB radio, Dr. Warren Wiersbe who for 35 years of helped listeners like you engage God's Word.

Bryan has been married to Patti for 38 years, and they have three grown daughters. He’s been a pastor for 36 years, and he’s also the son of Eugene Clark, the former music director of Back to the Bible.

Bryan has a Doctor of Ministry and M.Div. equivalency from Denver Seminary, and a Master’s in Education from Talbot School of Theology. He’s a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Nebraska University. He authored the book All It’s Meant to Be; and he has written for Haven of Rest, Back to the Bible's Bible Minute, and AWANA Pathway Series.

Bryan says, “My passion is trying to help people understand the great truths of God’s Word in a way that it genuinely affects their daily lives.”

Bryan also enjoys fishing, blacksmithing, welding, restorations, and playing the cello. Please pray for Bryan as he steps into his new role – that the Lord will use him to lead you and so many other listeners and friends forward.

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