SOAP stands for Scripture, Observation, Application and Prayer. Today’s journal comes from reading Isaiah 55.
“Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord…’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.'” –Isaiah 55:7-9
God’s ways and His thoughts are infinitely superior to ours. True conversion calls on us to change the way we think and act. It takes faith and humility to acknowledge the superiority of God’s ways and to embrace them.
Embrace God’s thoughts and His ways.
When I disagree with God, be quick to repent and acknowledge His ways are right and true.
Boast in the Lord. His ways are better. Don’t affirm the thoughts and ways of man in order to not hurt someone’s feelings. Expose them and call them to repentance.
Father, I do believe Your ways and Your thoughts are infinitely superior to the best that man can come up with. I praise You for Your infinite wisdom, knowledge and love. It is the most foolish form of pride to think I’m smarter or wiser than You–or even that I care about myself more than You love me. Therefore, I freshly dedicate myself to You and simply say, “Teach me Thy truth.”
Lord, I desire to walk in Your ways and demonstrate the superiority of Your ways in EVERY area of life: relationships, conversations, values, planning, money, recreation, health, etc. Might I have the wisdom to discern, the humility to embrace, and the faith to obey You in ALL your ways.
This is life indeed!
In Jesus’ Name, I pray,