Sunday, June 24, 2018

Isaiah 65

Today's reading in our daily plan is Isaiah 65. 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 tells of how He called His people before they even searched for Him. He also lists some of the ways that the Israelites disobeyed His laws that were given to them and how even in spite of this, they still considered themselves spiritually better than others.
  • In verses 8-9, God reminds us that He will always protect the few who remain loyal to Him, no matter how bad the rest of the world is. He then goes on to compare the differences in the hearts and lives of those who are faithful to Him and those who turn away.
  • The final part of this passage is God’s description of His new heavens and new earth for His people. These will be places of eternal peace and rejoicing and no one will even remember how things existed before that time. God promises a life of blessings and that He will answer their prayers before they even finish speaking the words.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
  • God chose the Israelites to be His people by His own will, not by the Israelites actions or their request. God provided them with His laws for correct living and He alone will judge those who disobeyed. However, He will always show mercy to the "faithful,” or people who remain loyal to him.
  • God wants His people to have the tranquil and harmonious life that He will create for those who genuinely love and obey Him.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
  • Do you find it hard to trust God when it seems like everyone around you is turning away from Him? Remember that God desires you to be close to Him and He wants to give peace and comfort to those who are devoted to Him. 
  • Today, ask God to help you lean into Him and to remind you of how much love He has for you, even – and especially -- if you feel like you are lonely.