Nov. 16th – Nov. 25th PONDER Isaiah 43
“Forget about the past, look past the history. Be Alert, Be Present”
Father God, we are so grateful for your Word to us in this passage… we catch Your reality of where we find ourselves:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. . . . That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you!
. . . 5-7 “So don’t be afraid: I’m with you.
. . .8-13 Get the blind and deaf out here and ready—
the blind (though there’s nothing wrong with their eyes)
and the deaf (though there’s nothing wrong with their ears).
. . . “But you are my witnesses.” God’s Decree. “You’re my handpicked servant So that you’ll come to know and trust me, understand both that I am and who I am.
. . . And you know it, you’re my witnesses, you’re the evidence.” God’s Decree. “Yes, I am God. I’ve always been God and I always will be God. No one can take anything from me. I make; who can unmake it?”
. . . 16-21 This is what God says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
they lie down and then can’t get up;
they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.
. . . Do not grow weary . . .
Father give Your strength, draw us to walk in a worthy manner as we seek into this new season. In Jesus name. Amen
Isaiah 43 – FEAR NOT
Looking to one of my favorite commentary references, written by David Guzik (Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara) for this portion of scripture: http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/guz/view.cgi?book=isa&chapter=043
Realizing that we are Witnesses to the work of the LORD and the reality of (Isaiah 43:10-13) The LORD commissions His witnesses. And besides Me there is no savior: The LORD God is the only savior. Only He has declared and saved – there was no foreign god among you who did any good. He is our help and support.
God promises His exiled people a new work. (Isaiah 43:18-21)
I will even make a road in the wilderness: Between the captivity in Babylon and the return to Israel lay hundreds of miles of wilderness. God’s people didn’t need to be afraid, because God would make a road in the wilderness, provide rivers in the desert, and even protect His people from animals, because the beast of the field will honor Me, the LORD says. Often, when God makes a promise, we worry about the details or the obstacles for the fulfillment of the promise. God replies to us, “Don’t worry about it at all. I will even make a road in the wilderness. I have resources and plans you don’t know about. Leave those problems to Me.”
It is a fascinating – and instructive – switch between Isaiah 43:16-17 and Isaiah 43:18. In Isaiah 43:16-17, Israel is told to look to the past by remembering the great things God did for them at the Red Sea. But in Isaiah 43:18, they are told, Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. This shows us that there is a sense in which we must remember the past, in terms of God’s great work on our behalf. There is also a sense in which we must forsake and forget the past, with all its discouragement and defeat, and move on to what God has for us in the future.
Behold, I will do a new thing: Staying stuck in the past can keep us from the new thing God wants to do. If Israel stayed stuck in the discouragement and seduction of Babylon, they would never look for the new thing of release from exile.
We can make an idol out of the “new.” We can error as the people of Athens did who spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing (Acts 17:21). We can be tossed about by every wind of doctrine. But we can also error on the other side of the balance, and work against the new thing God wants to do.
Shall you not know it? God asks the same question today. “Will you stay in step with My Spirit? When He leads into something new, shall you not know it?”
Let us contend together. “Stop trying to justify yourself and humbly look to Me for salvation.” (Isaiah 43:25-28) The LORD’s mercy to a hard-hearted people.
* 6 /Ten Day Portions –Looking into January 6, 2015
Nov. 6th – 15th STOP Psalm 84
“Blessed are the ones who find strength in you.
Their hearts are on the road that leads to you.”
Nov. 16th – Nov. 25th PONDER Isaiah 43
Nov. 26th – Dec. 5th WORSHIP 2 Samuel 7
Dec. 6th – Dec. 15th KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON THE KING Psalm 150
“Push everything else out of the way”
Dec. 16th – 25th THAT EVERYONE WILL STAND Joshua 3
“step into the water of the Jordan River, stand there. …“Come here, and listen to the words of the Lord your God.” “This is how you will know that the living God is among you.”
Dec. 26th – Jan. 5th SURRENDER TO HIS WILL Philippians 3
“I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”