Sunday, March 18, 2018

Isaiah 33 & 34

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 33 - 34. 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?)
  • Isaiah starts the passage with a prayer to God to have mercy on the people of Israel.
  • Israel has rejected God multiple times, resulting in emptiness, confusion and desperation. God says that He will step in and set things straight.
  • Vivid pictures are used to show what God does to the people that openly reject Him. Edom is the nation that is referenced several times and this name represents the nations that are against God and the nations that follow Satan. 
  • When the people wholeheartedly decide to look to God, He will make the decisions, resulting in protection and rest. Imagery is used as to what a God-filled life would look like.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Hurt and pain are imminent when people live life on their own terms but when God steps in, He sets the standard for how one can live a fruitful life.
  • God displays incredible amounts of mercy to people that are constantly neglecting Him, but in the end, He is still a just God. This means that in the end, the people that are constantly pursuing evil will get what they had coming to them (justice).
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • You may feel hurt and desperate like the people of Israel did, but God is always willing to help you figure out your next steps. Ask him to show you what step you can take today to pursue the life He wants you to experience.