SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- God opens up by reminding the Israelites that He is neither limited in power nor incapable of hearing the prayers of His people. At the time, the Israelites may have been wondering if God was strong enough because they were in a series of trials that He was not currently rescuing them from. God instead places the cause of their troubles on their own continued, unrepentant sin.
- God is displeased that He can’t find anyone He can use to make things right, so He decides to take matters into His own hands. A picture is painted of God putting on armor to fight His enemies, and a “Redeemer” coming to Zion to save everyone if they repent of their sins.
- This passage dives into sin and the negative effects it has on our relationship with God but also reveals God’s unrelenting love for us. Sin is described as the source of death that separates us from God and the benefits that life with Him can bring, but at the same time, God is shown tackling sin and defeating it. The Redeemer mentioned towards the end of the chapter is Jesus. It says that if anyone desires to be saved and turn away from a life of sin, they can do so freely through God.
- Have you chosen God? God has the power to defeat whatever sin or hurt you may be going through. If there is a relationship in your life that is toxic, pray to Him. If you're making the same financial mistakes again and again, pray to Him. Pray to Him if you need His strength because He is the only true medicine that will heal the brokenness and begin to repair your life.