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.
On the London Underground network, “mind the gap” is an audible or visual warning phrase issued to rail passengers to take caution while crossing the horizontal, and in some cases vertical gap between the train door and the station platform. Having personally travelled on the city’s underground network on numerous occasions, I have noticed the warning’s clarity and consistency. It’s hard to ignore it. And that’s why the lives of millions of travellers are saved everyday, year in and year out.
Observe that the warning is not a philosophical statement, but simply a truthful alert designed for the safety of all passengers. It’s not an argument. It’s not debatable. It’s the plain truth for the benefit of all travellers.
As a passenger, you have a choice. If you arrogantly assume there is no gap between where you are and where you want to go, you can step into and fall into danger. However, acknowledging the existence of the gap enables you to make the necessary effort to jump over the gap to your safety.
I believe this “mind the gap” warning well illustrates the tremendous spiritual truth in our Scripture today. Yahweh’s warning of the gap between our thoughts and His, between our ways and His, must be a wake-up call for everyone of us. Let us not assume that there is no gap between our mindset and God’s as well as between our methods and God’s! If we do, we will suffer the consequences.
What consequences? We can miss our true destiny. We can miss our true purpose. We can miss God’s wonderful plan for our lives. We can miss the glorious opportunities the Lord has predestined for us. We can fail to reach the lives God has anointed us to reach. We can limit our temporal and eternal impact. We can lose out on things no eye has seen, no ear has heard and no heart has imagined that God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9). God forbid!