Sunday, April 22, 2018

April 22 - Isaiah 45

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 45. 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 gives greater detail into the appointment of Cyrus and how he will help in freeing Israel from Babylon and restore them. God addresses that He is the only God and that everything we see around us flows from Him. He also points out that it is a mistake to argue and turn against God since He is the one that initially created everything (including us as humans). He brings this about in depth when he gives an analogy of a piece of clay asking a potter what He’s making and why He’s doing it.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • It’s worth noting that Cyrus was a Persian and a pagan (non-Israelite) and that God decided to use Cyrus for good and to fulfill His will. This goes to show that God can do mighty things through anyone!
  • The clay analogy is an odd picture to think about, but people do this all the time when they believe that they know best and turn away from what God wants.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • The story of Cyrus should be encouraging because if God was able to use a pagan man to accomplish His works, then think about how much God can do if we do put our faith in Him.
  • If you have questions, it’s better to turn toward God than away from Him. As it says in verse 12, “It is I who made the earth and created mankind on it”, so if you have questions for God but have been reluctant to ask, ask them today. He’s big enough to handle what you’re wondering.