Archive for July 6th, 2013

Isaiah 41

Isaiah 41 reminds us about who God is.  “Listen to me in silence, O coastlands; let the peoples renew their strength; let them approach, then let them speak; let us together draw near for judgment”.  God is the source of everything.  We need to listen carefully to His direction.  He has written much of it in His Word – the Bible – which was given to us as a guide for how we are to live.  From it comes strength and through it we find renewal.  But we also can speak to God – thru prayer – and get more information and clarity.  He is always willing to have us draw near to him.

So what are we to do?  For one, we are to remember all that God has done and remind those in our patch.  Scripture says we should be “calling the generations from the beginning”.  We should give testimony to who God is and what He has done, and in particular make sure we are instructing our kids and grandkids of the wondrous God we serve.  Is He worthy?  “I, the Lord, the first, and with the last; I am He”.  He is worthy.  He was the beginning.  He will be the end.  He is God.

In the middle of the chapter comes a couple of my favorite verses in all of scripture.  “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”.  God chooses us – we don’t choose Him.  We sometimes get this backward, thinking that our relationship with God is all about us when in fact it is completely about Him.  He chooses us and determines to keep us close.  But when he does, he also gives us this promise.  “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.

 God is our strength. He is our God.  He will help us.  He will uphold us.  He is all we need.  He goes on to say “Fear not, I am the one who helps you”.  We have a God who loves us and stands ready to come to our assistance.  But we need to cry out.  We need to seek Him.  This chapter is full of “I will” referring to God as a God of action.  He isn’t helpless and just sitting on the Throne of the Universe taking up space and watching helplessly as we attempt to navigate life.  He is not only able – He is willing – and is waiting for us to seek Him.  Are you taking your challenges to the Lord?  Do you seek His face?  He is there, and we need not be afraid!

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