A Few Thoughts on Isaiah 44

Hi, guys, I just wanted to share some thoughts I had while reading Isaiah chapter 44 the other day.

There were three things right off the bat in verse 2:

“The Eternal who made you, who formed you in the womb and promised to help you has this to say: ‘Don’t be afraid, My servant Jacob, My dear Jeshurun – My chosen.'” (VOICE)

  1. God formed us, He created us, He designed us.  We are not random, we are not unplanned.
  2. God promises to help us.  We do not have to go through this life by ourselves with our own strength, God is with us.
  3. God tells us not to be afraid.  It’s like numbers one and two lead into three: God created us and promises to help us; therefore, do not be afraid.  We were created by a loving God, a God who has a plan for us and who plans on helping us live out that plan, there’s nothing to be afraid of.

Something else I noticed throughout Isaiah, when Isaiah is announcing what God has to say, he doesn’t just say “Hey, guys, God says.”  God is introduced as “The Eternal, Commander of the heavenly armies, King of Israel, who paid their ransom (verse 6),” or “The Eternal, your rescuing hero who formed you before birth (verse 24).”  These things are important because we are given attributes about God that, along with the words He speaks and the way He works in the lives of His people, help us to understand His character.

The Bible is not meant to be read like some book, it’s living Truth that gives us life and gives us deeper insight about the God who saves.  Until next time, lovelies.

 Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

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December 2015

I can’t believe December is almost over.  It has been a crazy busy month but it has flown by.  It didn’t really hit me how fast the month has gone by until I realized today that I was in chapter 28 of Isaiah.  I started Isaiah on December 1 and have been matching chapter with day all month (though I didn’t even realize this was happening for a few days, ironically).  Tonight I was like, “Holy cow, it feels like I started Isaiah, like, a week ago.” Crazy stuff.

Here are a few recurring themes I’ve noticed through my journey in Isaiah so far:

1.) God is God and we are not.

2.) God is so much better than anything we could choose to put in His place (a.k.a. idols).

3.) God is all powerful.

4.) Purification is rarely painless.

5.) God has a plan for His people.

I also got to see Star Wars a few weeks ago. It. Was. So. Good. That’s all I am saying on the subject.

Also, my best friend got engaged three days ago! I think that is possibly the most exciting thing that has happened in my life.  Watching my best friend be proposed to by the man God has given her, the man that loves her so beautifully, was such a blessing – I was the hidden photographer.

Speaking of my best friend, she’s a wonderful human being and got me the only thing I asked her for for Christmas – a typewriter! I’ve been having so much fun with it (I also accidentally learned how to type a penguin on it!)! And speaking of awesome presents, her fiance got me a hula hoop for Christmas and I hula hooped outside of Starbucks for a good while.

 

This was probably my most random post, but it’s been a random month full of Jesus, proposals, Christmas cheer, and really fun things like type writers and hula hoops.

Until next time, lovelies.

Photo Credit: Bethany Fankhauser

The Most Important Choice

Our lives are built around the choices we make.  We choose what to wear, who to associate with, where to go to school, what car to drive, who to be in a relationship with, where to live, what to do in our free time.  These choices shape our lives, some for the better, some for the worse.  But in the end there is only one choice that matters, and it’s not anything I listed above.

The beginning of Isaiah chapter 5 sets the scene: God’s Vineyard that should have flourished yet has yielded only bitter fruit – this is in reference to God’s people, not God’s grapes.  Between Isaiah and God we get a picture of what this looks like: the people are hoarding wealth and are overcome with love for material things, they are living life to what they think is the fullest yet ignoring God, they are confusing good with evil, they are drunks, they are corrupt.  I’m sure the list could have went on and on (in chapter 3 they’re compared to Sodom – ouch).

In verse 24, Isaiah says that “their roots will rot, their flowers will wither and fly away like dust, for they refused to accept the law of the Eternal, the Commander of Heavenly armies.”

These people chose to have great estates and to entertain themselves with all the pleasures of life, but in the end none of it mattered because they failed to make the most important choice of all: following God.

Through the loving sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are no longer bound to the law like the Israelites were, but we still have the same choice to make: whether or not to follow God.

When Jesus hung on the cross, He didn’t hang alone, with Him hung every sin you and I would ever commit; He payed our ransom.  And when He rose again, He gave you and I the chance to be created in a new life through Him, to be brought from death to life.

Accepting Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life is the most important choice you will ever make: it’s the difference between life and death.  Life following God won’t always be easy, there will be trials and there will be storms and you will have to make the decision to go against the culture on many issues, but on your side you will have the One who loved you enough to die for you and everything you’ve done to offend Him, the One who conquered the very chains of death itself so that we – mere humans – could spend Eternity with the One who created us and loves us. You will go through life knowing you are never alone, that you are loved, that you were worth the God of the universe sending His Son to die in your place.

He chose you. Will you choose Him?

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden