Sunday, March 25, 2018

Isaiah 36

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 36. 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?)
  • The King of Assyria has attacked all the cites of Judah and captured them. Then he sends representatives to speak to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. 
  • The Assyrian representatives relay the message that God has used them to destroy Judah and despite their prior dependence on Egypt. Egypt didn't help them. 
  • At this point, Judah is defenseless. 
  • The Assyrian representative even makes a point to speak in a language that the men on the wall can understand, so as to further undermine the morale of the people. 
  • The Assyrians want the people of Judah to surrender. The people of Judah are pretty upset, tearing their clothes (a sign of grief). 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • Here again, we continue to see that God's people are looking to foreign countries to help them out of a jam. 
  • Despite being scared and broken in their circumstances, the people aren't reaching out to God.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • When things seem scary or overwhelming sometimes it seems easier to reach for everything but God to help us. But as we can see repeatedly in Isaiah, God wants to be there for us. He wants to be that shoulder, that strength that we rely on in good times and in bad times. Today is a great day to reach out to God to open that door and invite Him in. 
  • If there’s a difficult conversation you need to have with someone, invite God into that. Ask Him to guide you and your words, and to help you say what He wants you to say. Whatever situation you’re facing, ask God to go with you as you step into it.