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Saturday, April 7, 2018

April 7 - Isaiah 40

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 40. 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 starts off this chapter instructing the prophets to comfort the people. 
  • We see the foreshadowing of John the Baptist who is a New Testament prophet who prepares the way for Jesus with his own unique zing. 
  • The rest of chapter 40 tells us about Jesus and his sheer volume of awesome. Specifically we are also told that Jesus has always been, that he participated in creation and was there right along with God all along.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • We see that no matter what has been going on in the fickle hearts of the people, God is a caring merciful God. He is directing the prophets to offer the people comfort, tender words, and encouragement. 
  •  We can get excited here as we get a sneak peak into Jesus and his character before we get to "officially" meet him in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament. 
  • We can also take comfort in knowing God had the plan of Jesus coming for us all along.
  • This chapter closes with the reminder to be patient, not give up or become weary, and to trust in God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you finding it difficult to be patient? Maybe you can’t wait until you have more money, or a better relationship, or a marriage, or you find the “right person.” Today, ask God to help you trust him, and to grow your love for him to be way bigger than your desire for anything else in life.
  • What are some ways you can reach out to others who may be feeling weary, impatient, or even a little lost? Maybe it's praying for them or inviting them to coffee or lunch.