Daily Bible Inspirations

The Outside In

by John Michalak

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not my ways,” says 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

Is God within you?

Many religions would answer, yes. Those who believe God is in everything, would say, yes. Christians who receive the Holy Spirit within upon conversion would say yes as well.

But the problem is that Christians sometimes confuse how God comes to be in us. We may assume, like the eastern religions, that God has always been in us, that because we’re created in God’s image, we are somehow “little gods.”

And so, we assume that our thoughts must be God’s thoughts, that our ways must always be God’s ways. But God, while coming into our world to join us, even to enter in, is still far above our thoughts and our ways. And so, we must always guide our lives, not from the inside out, but from the outside in.

Our plans are not God’s plans, so we must seek God in Scripture, in prayer, in godly counsel in order to best know how to plan our lives. When we work from the outside in, the Spirit within us will then testify that these things are true and will empower us to live accordingly.

Is God within you? The answer is, yes. But you must still seek Him from the outside in.