Recognising the new

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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 55:8-9; KJV).

I recently heard a dad talk about his 8-month old baby. How that she loves being bottle-fed and would jump at the teat of the bottle, but as soon as you put the same formula in a plate and try to spoon-feed her, she totally revolts. Now, this is the same formula she totally loves in the bottle, but simply because the presentation is different from what she is accustomed to, she has no interest and literally has to be force-fed.

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We are like that 8-month old baby; we make God a man and try to wrap Him around what we understand, like the baby understands the bottle. But oftentimes, He comes in a totally different way and we miss Him. I wonder what helped Abraham recognize the 3 men that visited with him on their way to Sodom. His ability to recognize and discern brought forth the promise of Isaac and the conversation that spared Lot’s life. I ask myself now if I would have discerned like Abraham, if I could have seen God do a new thing and keyed into it. I fear that I am very often locked up in the old, or simply  guilty of holding God subject to a previous methodology, as though if He had done something a particular way before, He would have to do it same way again.

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God is sovereign. And in the song, ‘Sovereign,’ John P Kee sang, ‘my God will do what He wants to do, whenever He wants to, He is God’.

God is always doing things, sometimes differently; many times like the Jews, we remain caught up in our tradition and refuse to see the revelation for what it is. Despite all the prophecies Jesus’ life fulfilled, they just didn’t see that he was the Messiah because it wasn’t ‘in the bottle’.

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Like the 8-month old baby, we must see past the teat of the bottle, and understand that to be weaned we need to move to the plate and spoon. Moving from bottle, to plate and spoon, means looking beyond presentation to content and may require some near term discomfort, but it is ultimately necessary for long term development. It takes a deep understanding of the scripture above to realize that God is in the rain, even when we can’t seem to feel like He is; that He is doing a new thing. The question however is, ‘shall ye not know it?’. (Isa. 43:19).

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The ways of our God are mysterious, perfect, unfathomable, inscrutable and inexplicable (Rom. 11:33).  He cannot be boxed and although doing things God’s way is hard at times, rest assured in the knowledge that, when God ordains something to be so in your life, He will give you the tools and resources you need to do His instruction and provide the strength and provisions needed to guide you through. It is time for us to begin to look a little closer and see God’s ways…look beyond the wrappings, and to the content; God’s ways will always be higher than ours.
Have a blessed week ahead.


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  1. Indeed, God’s ways are sovereign and sometimes He may just be handing us what we asked for and desire but it comes packaged different from what we think.. I pray for grace to always trust Him enough to trust His gifts however way they come.
    Thanks for this great reminder xx

    1. Thanks Ayo, AMEN to that prayer. May God give us grace to always align ourselves to His will and accept His sovereignty and His ways that are far above ours so we can see Him whatever form He takes. God bless you.

  2. This carried a lot of weight. We cannot limit God and we must not be stiff-necked. However He chooses to deal with us and however He chooses to channel our blessing is strictly his prerogative. We just have to trust that He who knows what is best for us will always make all things work together for our good.
    Thank you for sharing

    1. My dear Oge, you were very right. Glad it spoke to you. WE cannot always be toddlers, but we must also learn to see God in every season, see Him whatever form He takes. No more limiting God, He can do whatever HE wants to, however He wants to. God bless you my dear. 🙂

  3. this….

    you always speak directly to my heart. i actually told someone yesterday to stop pigeon-holing God. We want him to act in a certain way, do miracles ina certain way, bless us like he blesses the next person… meanwhile God is creativity itself. We are still discovering species of plants and animals…

    There are so many example around us of what God can do through us if we just stopped limiting ourselves.

    I am reading The Art of Possibility and it is so apt.

    Thank you Eloho…you are a sage

    1. Dear Kiah, Sage ke? Mba o! WE both know that God is source of our wisdom and gifts right? I am excited and humbled that the posts speak to you and on time too. God is truly amazing. I am learning to take the limits off and to also just keep the picture of a God that has infinite ability in my mind when I live my life. It helps me not put Him in a box because I realise He cannot be boxed. I am also challenged to ask what He is doing now, versus what He did yesterday. Thanks for encouraging me with your comment. God bless you.

  4. God is everywhere. (I was looking for my modem a few days back and I prayed, Father please show me where it is and went to check an office I had searched one million times before. My eyes immediately went were the modem had fallen. The angle ehn, I’d never have found it by myself). I don’t know why this came to mind.

    Everyone has said what I wanted to say. 🙂

    God’s ways are most definitely not our ways.

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