This morning, I wrote about our worth to God. I had read the Luke scripture about the sparrows and how much God loves each one, had a wonderful prayer time, and then wrote down my thoughts. I volunteer at our church on Thursdays, and when I noticed “His Eye is on the Sparrow” will be …
Jeremiah 29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.12 Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.13 When you search for me, you will find me; …
Comforting the Weary
4 The Sovereign Lord(M) has given me an instructed tongue,(N)
to know the word that sustains the weary.(O)
He wakens me morning by morning,(P)
wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.(Q)
5 The Sovereign Lord(R) has opened my ears,(S)
and I have not been rebellious;(T)
I have not drawn back.
6 I offered my back to those who beat(U) me,
my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard;(V)
I did not hide my face
from mocking and spitting.(W)
7 Because the Sovereign Lord(X) helps(Y) me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,(Z)
and I know I will not be put to shame.(AA)
I love the book of Isaiah, particularly the middle section where God tells Isaiah to give hope to the exiles because their time in Babylon is almost over. But, the Israelites can not see hope, and Isaiah probably thinks his words are in vain. Yet, he is encouraged by knowing that his words come from the living God, and therefore he does not turn aside but “sets his face like flint.”
Are you Isaiah or are you the exiles? Are you the persevering servant who speaks God’s words regardless of the circumstance, or do you identify with the exiles who had been under bondage for so long they had given up?
Regardless of which group you are in, know that God does love you and He is always available to hear and answer your prayers. When you determine to seek after holiness, part of that process is in reading the Scripture, and the more you read the more you will understand how it relates to your life today. Just as God wanted to offer hope to those whose hope was gone, He wants to offer hope to each of us today. Accept it, believe it, and live it, setting your face like flint toward the glory of God and what He wants to do in your life, and turning your back upon the bondage of the past.
Suffering Unto Death and Resurrection into New Life Purpose: To discover through Jesus’ suffering and death what true victory is. Luke 23:32-46 Luke 23:32-46 (New International Version) 32Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with …