Indeed, my plans are not like your plans,
and my deeds are not like your deeds,
for just as the sky is higher than the earth,
so my deeds are superior to your deeds
and my plans superior to your plans.
‘For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope.’
Possibly the two most miss quoted verses given their original context?
Isaiah 55 is all about an inclusive God. A God who will freely lavish life on all who will come. Its not too often that I have heard this text quoted because of an non-understandably inclusive God. Usually it would more likely to be quoted in support of a more exclusive image of God. “How can you believe in a God who would send ?????? to hell?’ “Well’, is the comeback, “God’s ways are higher than our ways!”
Jeremiah 29:11 is found in the middle of a prophetic declaration of 70 years of exile and captivity, and a rebuke for listening to all the ‘good news’ prophets declaring victory and freedom. “Might as well settle down people,” God’s says, ” you are going to be here for awhile. for I know what I have planned for you…”