Def. “a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true“
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares 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
I have always been fascinated with the truths that are paradoxical. So many tenets of the Christian faith fit into this category. For example, Paul says in II Corinthians 12:10 “That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong”
So many of God’s ways seem to be counterintuitive to our thinking, yet that actually makes sense since he is the omnipotent God, Creator of the universe, and we cannot begin to bring our little human logic to completely understanding such a Being.
Another example is the way that we approach peace with God. It is not by doing good works, making sacrifices, or simply trying to be or appear good. It is by accepting his gift to us of the sacrifice of his own son, Jesus, to make atonement that we could not make for ourselves. The very idea of God sacrificing his own son for people who have turned their back on him is enough of a paradox in itself.
But there it is. So, in trying to understand God, the answer is, accept in faith what appears to be absurd or contradictory. His ways are higher than our ways. We can better accept that if we have such a mindset. Actually, many feel that is too simple to be true.
Yeah, there is that paradox again.
Prayer: Lord, your ways are higher than our ways. Help us to remember that truth, Amen