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Saturday, March 17, 2018

March 17 - Isaiah 31 & 32

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 31 - 32. 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?)
  • God is not happy with the people of Israel for relying on Egypt and putting their faith in what they might be able to offer. God rebuttals with the fact that the Israelites should be seeking help from Him instead.
  • Isaiah is making the claim that a king will rise up and bring peace, healing, and understanding to the people under Him.
  • A warning is sent out that destruction will come to the people of Israel and that waste will be laid upon it until the day that the Holy Sprit comes and restores everything.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Even though Israel was a nation turning towards evil, God still promised that a king (Jesus) would come and set the path straight, bringing healing for all of the people.
  • God sent out the warning of destruction because the people were turning away from God and consistently acting in complacency with their faith. Despite all of this, God sent out the promise that the Spirit of God will restore what has been ruined.
  • God desperately wants us to seek Him in everything we do. He promises that he is so much stronger and mightier than any other alternative.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • It’s easy to get stuck in habits of solely trusting in ourselves and/or putting too much reliance on other people or things for our own fulfillment. We need to lay down our messes and worries to God on a daily basis so that we can find true peace and contentment. 
  • You may have some things in your life that you regret or count as unforgiveable mistakes, but Jesus (the king referred to in the passage) has come to set your life straight and bring goodness.