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Sunday, February 18, 2018

February 18 - Isaiah 22

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 22. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
  • This chapter is specific to Jerusalem, which is referred to as the Valley of Vision.
  • Jerusalem has been abandoned by their human rulers. 
  • The people are dying via starvation or disease from the Babylonian siege. 
  • Isaiah is perplexed about why the people are jubilant and partying when they should repent from their sins and turn back to God. (To repent literally means “to turn.”) Isaiah is deeply upset and openly weeping, not only because of their behavior, but also their spiritual issues. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Human rulers through history will always come and go, but God is a constant. God is where we want to put our faith. 
  • Turning away from sin and back to God is something we have seen is very important to God throughout the book of Isaiah. 
  • No matter how far we feel we are from God, He is always available and accessible to us. He loves us and is pursuing a relationship with us.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • In our modern-day world it's easy to put our hopes in celebrities, athletics, or politicians, but where we should put our faith is in God and focus on a relationship with him. That could mean turning off the TV and grabbing for your Bible more often. It may mean starting to pray to God and asking for help in seeking him out or help with having faith in him if you have doubts. 
  • Is there a sin or temptation that is keeping you from loving God as much as you should? Tell a trusted friend about your struggle, and ask them to hold you accountable as you replace that sin with habits that will grow you closer to God.