For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —-Jeremiah 29:11

God’s promises to His people above were in the middle of an exile for 70 years in a very very bad place. It would have made almost logical sense to view God in light of the immediacy of the circumstances in which they lived. Their situation, the pain, the ache, the disillusion, even their own hearts must have characterised God in their minds so negatively.  To characterise God’s love for us by our focusing upon the things that He doesn’t want for us or doesn’t seem to give us ignores the many blessings and gifts He lavishes upon us daily.  It makes God seem cruel, dichotomous, petty, and human instead of gracious, unchanging, benevolent, and divine.  It robs us of an understanding that God is beyond our thoughts, feelings, and understanding.  It takes the understanding that God is above our own perceptions to help us rise above that type of perspective betrayal… even the betrayal of our own heart. 

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” —-Isaiah 55:8-9

If we fail to recognise that, we cannot believe in the nature of a God who truly loves and cares for us.  Essentially, we rob God in our eyes and rob ourselves of truth and grace.  Truth to be able to rise above internal and external conflict.  Grace to be able to stand in the face of painful and hurtful circumstances… and we end up with God like us instead of us like God.

What a horrible place to be,
to believe
in a God that is just like me…