SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God is speaking to a doubting Israel. The Israelites are in captivity and are feeling like they've been forgotten. God reminds them that he never left and that they were the ones who originally got themselves into the mess.
- God's intense care for his people is revealed with a prophecy of Jesus' suffering leading up to his death. The prophecy is followed by a challenge to everyone, asking if they are willing to fear God and obey him.
- God points out that everything we experience in this life is temporary and that the only thing that will stand forever is him and his salvation. He points out that things in life may be scary but promises that his strength and comfort is so much greater.
- God cares for us so much that he was willing to go through intense humiliation and shame for us. Jesus' selfless suffering should erase any doubts on whether or not God actually cares for us and should rather give us an even greater reason to trust in him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- Are you feeling frightened by something happening in your life? Do you feel like God's voice has been quiet through this time? God gives us a strong reminder that he is our ultimate comfort and cares for us more than anything.