For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isa 55:9
God desires for us to know and understand Him, He is a revealing God, a self discovering God, that is He always makes the first move in making Himself known. We see this in the Old Testament and ultimately in Jesus. God always seeks to make Himself known. Contrary to that, the above scripture is often quoted, in the context that we can’t understand God’s ways. People usually use this passage to state, that understanding or knowing God’s ways is beyond our human comprehension. If we look candidly at the above verse, it never say’s, we can’t know His ways, nor understand His ways, it just says they are both higher than ours. To understand God’s ways and His thoughts they’d have to be brought down to us, and this is what Jesus has done.
He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. Psa 103:7
Have you ever looked at this verse before? It shows the difference between knowing God’s ways and God’s acts. If you recall the events in Exodus, the Children of Israel watched the miracles performed by Moses in Egypt, but God spoke to Moses about how and why to perform them. The children of Israel heard the voice “thunder”, but God spoke to Moses “face to face”. The children of Israel were at Mount Sinai, but Moses went up to be before the Lord. To know God’s ways is the difference between watching and knowing what is done but not having the understanding to why things are done. When you know the “ways” of the person, you know the person. We are called to a relationship to know God’s ways, we are not to be ignorant of this.
Jesus Brings God’s ways Down to Us
No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:15
Jesus brings us into the private conversation He has had with the Father, and with this disclosure He says, “I have called you friends”. We are to serve the Lord but we are not mere servants, we have been brought in and given insider information. We don’t have to mindlessly obey or serve, for Jesus has shared with us what the Father has told Him. You might ask, “what did Jesus tell us?” Remember what Jesus explained on the Sermon on the Mount, “He (God) makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust”, and “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you”. How about when He told the lady caught in adultery, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”(John 8:11) In each of these instances Jesus was making known to us, God’s ways, how God conducts His business and ultimately what pleases God in us.
Jesus’ life and person revealed the Father, and in His teachings and conversation with His disciples He showed us God’s ways. Jesus revealed the mind of the Father to us. So that we would not have to be like the Children of Israel, watching the “acts of God” but not understanding His ways. God wants to speak with us “face to face” and even more because He has placed His Holy Spirit in us. He wants us to understand Him, because He wants us to enjoy the relationship as sons and daughters, not mere servants.