Our Old Testament reading for this Sunday is from Isaiah 55. God says,
Seek the Lord while you can find him.
Call on him now while he is near.
Let the wicked change their ways
and banish the very thought of doing wrong.
Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.
Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
When the Lord spoke these words through the prophet Isaiah, it was in part in judgement against the people of Israel that thought God should act like they do, that is in sinful and broken ways and think like they do as well, with all of the sinful thoughts that go with it.
Instead, the Lord reminds them and us, that God is not us, his thoughts are not tainted with sin, his ways are not broken and sinful. God is God, there is no other, the difference is as far as the heavens to the earth, as far as the vastness of space to the dirt on the ground.
But, we may think that God saying this means that God is unapproachable and we cannot know God or know what God thinks for our life. But that is not what God is saying, instead God calls us to repent, abandon our sinful ways of thinking and turn to God so that God can teach us what it means to think and act with godly thoughts and actions.
You can’t receive this kind of knowledge anywhere else but from God who shares all things with us in Jesus, and you only find Jesus where He has promised to be, in Church with all of God’s people learning together.