Saturday, April 14, 2018

April 14 - Isaiah 42

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 42. 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 announces his "servant", who He will send to establish justice on earth. This servant is Jesus. Jesus is coming without shouting or violence, but He will not be weak or be easy to  discourage either. Jesus is coming as a man with a plan. 
  • Isaiah calls on all humankind to praise God for the victory that will come about through Jesus. 
  • God compares the preparation for Jesus' reign to labor pains, so we can assume this means it won't be easy and will involve a lot of work, detail, and planning. 
  • God calls upon the Israelites to pay attention and let's them know what is to come. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We are reminded that God is worthy of our praise because He is the creator of all. 
  • Like the Israelites, we too are called to pay attention and to take notice of the changes going on around us. 
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you down on your luck because you’re stuck in bad circumstances, or facing a difficult season of life? Even if it seems like you have nothing good to celebrate, take time today to thank God for being who He is, and for letting you live life with Him. If we remind ourselves that God is good regardless of our circumstances, it gives us a healthier perspective on our life, and reminds us to value our relationship with God above all else.