Instead of checking our email/facebook/texts first thing in the morning how about first checking what message God has for us? God has something to say to us everyday, in fact he’d like to hang out and have a conversation with us as we listen to Him through scripture study and meditation and as we talk to Him with our prayers and worship. This conversation can last throughout the day as He sends us messages and opens our eyes and ears to Him. We just have to respond in obedience and get that conversation started! Let’s not rebel or withdraw from Him but instead run to His open arms with everything within us!
For example, today I made that decision to obey Him and put Him numero uno! In spite of some plans that I had for the day I humbled myself before God and recognized that time and life are entrusted to me from God and belong to Him, not me. Obeying Him and spending that time the way He wants me to instead of putting myself first is something God is talking to me about lately. This morning I opened the word to Isaiah 50 and sure enough God had some awesome things to teach me today through it! In fact more than one thing and I’m soooo glad I obeyed Him and spent the time with Him! On a side note, I just got a phone call that the event I was supposed to attend was cancelled…of course God knew what He was doing when He told me to dig into the word and trust Him with the time to get ready to go! I just had to have faith and believe Him…trust Him…rely on Him.
Isaiah 50 is…beautiful.
It starts out with God pointing out that our separation from Him is not irrevocable because He, Who can dry up rivers with a mere rebuke and He Who controls the weather, is mighty enough to ransom us from our slavery to sin and death. I learned in my Bible’s study notes that the reason why God was asking for the certificate of divorce was to point out that there wasn’t one. This was significant because the controversial certificate used by the Israelites was irrevocable and permanent. However, our seemingly hopeless condition of sin is, through His power and might, redeemable.
God then goes onto describe the means of this ransom through the Messianic prophecy in verses 4-9. This was particularly special that God chose to teach me through this chapter this morning because I listened to two sermons this week where the pastor talked about Jesus setting His face like flint towards the cross. I knew I’d heard that before and I was pretty sure it was a fulfillment of prophecy but I wasn’t sure where in scripture that was. Well God knew I was wondering about that and well He showed me where the prophecy was! (:
The chapter finishes by asking who of mankind will fear and obey God – trusting and relying on Him instead of ourselves.
Continuing the Conversation
I had a really good conversation with God this morning and he convicted me of some areas in my life through this chapter. He also encouraged me and gave me hope.
Originally I ended this blog post saying I was going to be adding two more posts going into more depth. Although I did do a lot of research into the new testament scriptures that correspond with Isaiah 50 I feel like God is telling me that He and I had a very important, meaningful time of growth with this chapter but that He wants me to move forward to some other things in my Bible study so I’ve done that. I want to follow His leading in writing this blog – its His Whisper I’m seeking and wanting to proclaim – not my own voice.