“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
God created the heavens and the earth. In doing this He had eternal ends in view. This and other earths were formed and men created upon them. Generation after generation of men are there formed and gathered into the spiritual world. There, if they have lived rightly, the Lord forms them into heavens, where they are being continually perfected and formed more and more into His image and likeness.
We are born knowing nothing either of this world or of the spiritual world. But we are endowed with the capacity to develop and to learn. We are born without knowledge. We see very little, hear very little, and our sense of touch is dull. The only sense that is developed is that of taste. The babe feeds without instruction from the first hours of its life. At first we have no desires other than to receive pleasant sensations of warmth, to have small discomforts removed, and to satisfy the hunger. When external comfort is attained, we are content.
As we learn a little more, our desires enlarge. We are interested in various amusements. Toys become attractive, and a desire for knowing about things develops. We like to learn of all that is going on about us, and to try our hand at imitating what other people are doing.
In maturity the things at which we played in childhood we like to make real. We want a home of our own, we want to share in the work of the world. Such naturally are our goals, and such are our thoughts. We plan for them and work for them, always expecting to be satisfied, but never really content even when we obtain what we wanted: always seeing something beyond, which seems important to our full content. And even if we have all that we have learned to desire and enjoy, there is never complete satisfaction.
This is because the natural world is not all that there is. We are inmostly spiritual beings, and as the heavens are higher than the earth, so the Lord’s ways are higher than our ways. And the Lord’s providence is constantly operating to substitute His purposes for our purposes and His thoughts for our thoughts.