Sunday, April 8, 2018

Isaiah 41

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 41. 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?)
  • God reassures the people repeatedly in this chapter. 
  • He also reminds them that he has existed before history and will exist after. 
  • God has a bit of fun in this chapter as he makes a point to the people, and challenges these fake gods (idols) to perform miracles. He reminds the people not to turn to or rely on idols that are worthless and dependence on him is essential. 
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God gives a nice reminder that he's always been here, and he will always be. 
  • The people of Judah are constantly falling back into worshipping idols and turning their back on God. God makes a point that these inanimate objects can accomplish nothing and offer the people no comfort. 
  • God is reassuring in spite of the people's missteps. 
  • We can rest in the confidence that we have a God who is willing, able, and active in our lives. Not only that, but a God who cares for us and shows mercy to us, especially when we stumble. God shows a great example of how we are to treat one another with mercy because as humans, we all mess up and stumble sometimes.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Are you currently trying to take a situation into your own hands? Do you have a set of circumstances that make you think God isn’t there? Ask God to show himself to you, and guide you as you figure out your next steps.