My ways are not your ways, neither are my thoughts your thoughts. Cease therefore from the ways of man, and choose the ways of God. For I know the plans that I have for you.
So vast is God, and his ways which are unsearchable that I make no pretense to have experienced all his ways, neither to know them, although that is my leaning; for he has given to us the anointing and declares that by that anointing we know all things.
Man’s ways are nothing of the miraculous, as he finds so many things that are impossible with him. God’s ways however, are the ways of the miraculous as a constant, and nothing is impossible with him. This is the way he has ordained for man; and has exhorted us to cease from the ways of man.
God’s ways are seen in Jesus when confronted with the dilemma of feeding a great multitude where only a few fish, and loaves of bread were on hand. Man’s ways as proposed by Peter, was to go to the local market, and purchase the necessary provision, but the constraints of time was against them, so choosing that option impractical. So God’s ways as seen in Jesus was to use the few loaves, and bread to do the job; so he blessed it, and served it, and it multiplied to feed the multitude with left-overs to fill baskets afterwards. When Moses wondered how to proceed with the plans God laid out for him, God told him to use what was in his hand; a shepherd rod which became a scepter to rule nations.
When the disciples almost perished in the storm at sea, Jesus spoke to the prince of the power of the air, and commanded peace to be restored, and it was so; he then inquired of the disciples, where was their faith…why didn’t they do that? Clearly he expected them to do the same as he had done. He even told us so….all the works that I have done shall you do also, and even greater works. The plans that God has for us, are all in Jesus. Jesus is the plan of God for our lives…all things of Jesus. The way he did things, are the ways in which we are to do them. We know how to do things according to the way men do things; that is our factory default setting; the ideal or perfect mode of operating is according to Jesus’ ways. Those ways are not just good manners, and polite conversations; they were the ways of the power of God; for he is the power of God, and we have to accept that for ourselves, and grow up into him in all things if we are to do things his way.