In times of tragedy, people like to drop the following Biblical passage from Isaiah 55 as a form of consolation.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Stop it. Stop using this verse to attribute tragic things to God that go against His character.
Dropping that verse in a time like this, is to strip this passage right out of it’s context.
What was the context?
In the prior part of the chapter, God is telling the people of Israel that He was going to summon nations they didn’t know to come and be a part of the people of God and experience His mercy.
This passage is ultimately about God opening His people’s minds to His vision for a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, diverse worldwide family.
He knew this wouldn’t be easy for them to swallow, as it obviously isn’t today considering the division that still exists in our culture. He was saying TRUST ME.
God was saying in essence ‘Diversity might not be your way, but it is MINE, and it is HIGHER.’
Pursue the HIGHER things my friends.