Thinking like God and with God is what doctrine is all about. The Lord tells us in Isaiah 55:7-9: “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts… For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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.”
He will never violate the integrity of His own nature. And we can depend upon the Holy Spirit to show us the essential issues at hand – yielding to the Lord’s specific thoughts.
Knowing doctrine is the means to a satisfying relationship with God, because it grounds our communion with Him in reality and truth. Any other kind of association with God is merely a shadow, elusive and subjective in its origin. The Scriptures bear witness: “But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked” (I John 2:5 – 6). We must purpose to learn His thoughts on every subject, putting aside our own opinions when there is a conflict, and conform our thoughts to His thoughts. As we begin to think with God’s thoughts, our ways will become His ways.