CrossReads Weekly Devotionals: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/15/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 55:8-9 “My thoughts are completely different from yours, says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Let us pause and think about these things for a few moments. The Lord says that He thinks differently than we do about things. He has an unrestricted and unlimited capacity for thought. His thoughts are not influenced one iota by sin. Every thought of God is pure and good. Everything God thinks about makes perfect sense. He never has to change His mind about anything.

God’s ways are far beyond anything we can imagine. No one can know how God did what He did in creation. The vastness and variety of creation is beyond our understanding. We can’t begin to imagine the things God can and does do. It is futile to think about the things we cannot know. There are things going on right now that we don’t have any clue about. God is working out of our sight preparing creation for His coming and our reunion with Him. We must simply accept by faith what we cannot know and bow before Him in awe.

Because God is who He is and does what He does, it ought to cause us to bow down and worship Him from the very depth of our souls. He is our Father who oversees all He has created, He is our Savior who died for our sins, He is our Sanctifier who makes us holy, and He is our Lord who rules over His church.

“Thank you, Lord for who you are and all the things you have done, are doing, and shall do for me. I thank you for making yourself known to me, Lord. You are the Lover of my soul and I bow before you today in worship. You are all that I need to know about life from its beginning to its end. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

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About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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