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Focus Verse of the Week

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9)

Classic Commentary

The wicked are urged to forsake their evil ways and thoughts and to return to God, that is, to bring their ways and thoughts to concur and comply with his; "for" (says he) "my thoughts and ways are not as yours. Yours are conversant only about things beneath; they are of the earth earthy: but mine are above, as the heaven is high above the earth; and, if you would approve yourselves true penitents, yours must be so too, and your affections must be set on things above."

This is to be understood as an encouragement to us to depend upon God's promise to pardon sin, upon repentance. Sinners may be ready to fear that God will not be reconciled to them, because they could not find in their hearts to be reconciled to one who should have so basely and so frequently offended them. "But'' (says God) "my thoughts in this matter are not as yours, but as far above them as the heaven is above the earth.'' There are so in other things - men's sentiments concerning sin, and Christ, and holiness, concerning this world and the other, are vastly different from God's. In no way are the Lord's thoughts are than ours than in the matter of reconciliation.

(Adapted from matthew henry commentary on the whole bible)

A Thought to Keep

God's forgiveness toward us - and subsequent reconciliation - surpasses anything we can imagine, so that we are never too far for his love.