Points to Ponder From Isaiah

Posted by on Apr 21, 2010 in Blog Posts | 0 comments

As the Isaiah, Part 1 study begins to wind down for the summer (yes, it’s almost summer on my calendar as Robert comes home from college April 29 and David graduates May 16), I am growing a bit sad.  That’s typical for me.  The weekly accountability, good discussions, and rich application shared will take a break.

This week we have been camping out in Isaiah 33-35.  As is typical of Isaiah’s writing style we have seen things to come regarding the Millennial Kingdom and we’ve read Isaiah’s words to his people of his day as the Assyrians were approaching Judah and posing threats to their lives.  We’ve gone back and forth in the timeline of events.

Throughout all of his writing, Isaiah has not failed to “represent” the applicable words for them then and us today regarding sound living in tough times.  Read them here:

  • from 33:2 – “O LORD, be gracious to us; we have waited for You.  Be their (our) strength every morning, our salvation also in the time of distress.”
  • from 33:6 – “And He will be the stability of your times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is his treasure.”
  • from 33:15-16 come a grand description of those who are righteous in response to a question from the unrighteous.  Look here for those verses.
  • from 34:16 is a verse so fitting to being in the Word as a habit of life – “Seek from the book of the LORD, and read…”
  • from 35:3-4 read, “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.  Say to those with anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not.  Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He will save you.’ “

How are you when it comes to waiting on God?  Do you quickly give up?  Do you know that you can trust Him to show up in His time?  Is your strength in a solution or in the solution-provider, God?

During tough times, where is your stability?  Is your foundation in God, the solid Rock?  If not, you will crumble.  Do you fear, revere, believe Him and take Him at His word?

Where do you fall in that description of the righteous?

How is your habit of reading and soaking up the Word of God?  Is it a drag or is it a delight?  How do you respond to truths therein that may convict you to change a sin habit in your life?  Do you ignore it or do you revere it, repent, and move on in the direction of righteousness?

How is your encouragement quotient to those around you?  Are you dragging them down with dialogue of doom and depression or do you impart life and hope in their trials as you speak of God’s goodness?  Do you point them to the God of hope or to the god of hopelessness?

Just some more food for thought as we dine on solid nourishment from God’s Word.

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