These two verses really establish a fundamental truth. When we read Scripture, we often include mental "add-ons," "qualifiers," or “yeah, buts” to the verse which has the effect of draining it of the liberty and freedom contained within. But the Lord eventually draws us to this glorious truth. His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts. It doesn’t say that “our secular ways are not His ways” or “our sinful thoughts are not His thoughts.”
It makes a categorical and absolute statement: that all of our human ways, no matter how good and righteous we think they may be, are NOT God’s divine ways. We think we are in partnership with God, but His way is different. We are not a partner in our spiritual transformation, but the object being transformed by God. We are but vessels of mercy to contain His glory and nothing more.
We eventually read and trust God’s Word for exactly what it says and we begin to experience true freedom in Christ. Scripture declares from cover to cover that He has done everything for us, and is working all things together for our good. He has done it all … He is all we need!