Sunday, February 25, 2018

Isaiah 25 & 26

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 25 & 26. 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?)
  • We start off Chapter 25 with Isaiah praising God for all his wondrous accomplishments. 
  • Isaiah gives us a glimpse into a future time when God will destroy death forever, wipe away every tear from every face, and remove the disgrace from his people over the entire earth. 
  • Isaiah switches from his praise to now focus on Moab and the punishment upon this nation. 
  • Chapter 26 we see Isaiah praising God again and encouraging the people to trust in him. 
  • The Old Testament doesn't touch on this often but in verse 19 of chapter 26, we see reference to hope in a life beyond the grave, essentially in heaven. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Isaiah (despite walking around naked for 3 years) is full of praise for God.  
  • Even though there is a lot of punishment and destruction going on, Isaiah is offering the people comfort of a future time to come. 
  • We are encouraged to trust in God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • We can often forget that as part of our relationship with God we want to take the time to praise and thank him for the blessings he has bestowed on us each day. Maybe it's just a thanks for the air we get to breathe today or even just waking up and putting our feet on the floor. We can use Isaiah's words as inspiration to praise God. 
  • Sometimes it can feel like we are having a pretty bad day. Isaiah reminds us not to lose hope and that God is a God who we can hope in and who will one day wipe away all of our tears.