Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 20 - Isaiah 55

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 55. 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 uses pictures of food and drink to illustrate His salvation. He extends an invitation to Israel to find life through Him and allow themselves to experience His unfailing love. God prompts the sinners to turn away from their evil ways and turn towards God because He will embrace them with open arms. He also adds that people must be willing to listen to Him in order to experience his goodness.
  • God points out that His thoughts are not our thoughts and adds another illustration in verse 10 explaining that God does nothing in vain.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • This passage does not solely apply to the people of Israel. In their time of captivity, the Israelites needed comfort in hearing those words but what was said also parallels to the gift of salvation that is accessible through Jesus.
  • The fact that God points out that His thoughts and ways are different from ours is meant to be encouraging. It shows that we need to trust in Him because the events that happen in life are completed with a purpose that we sometimes can't always see.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Have you accepted God's free gift to have a relationship with Him? God is reaching out and all we have to do is be willing to have open hearts. The only thing in life that brings true joy and satisfaction is a relationship with God so being ready to listen to Him is incredibly important.