Focus Verse: You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ (10)
Isaiah predicts that Babylon, after being used to judge Israel, will be destroyed. Because Babylon trusts in her wickedness, she thinks she will last forever, but her destruction will be quite sudden. Only those tho trust in the Lord Almighty will live forever and eventually reign with Christ forever.
Focus Verse: “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’? (9)
God doesn’t have a problem with us questioning Him or His Word or His works. We are mortal; He is immortal. We are finite; He is infinite. How can we as a creation fully understand all that our Creator is and does? Even Jesus questioned God. When He was dying on the cross, He asked: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
But perhaps God does get offended when we question why He made us. He may get offended when we suggest that He made a mistake in allowing us to be born. We may not currently understand what on earth we are here for. We may not see why God made us with or without certain physical features, abilities or wealth. But we can be certain that God made each and every one of us for a purpose. Verse 18 of this chapter says that when God spoke the earth into existence, “he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited.” This means that in the beginning, God was thinking of people (you and I included) who would live, work, play and love in His wonderful world.
You are not here by accident. You are here for a reason. Rick Warren said: “Long before you were conceived by your parents, you were conceived in the mind of God. He thought of you first. It is not fate, nor chance, nor luck, nor coincidence that you are breathing at this very moment. You are alive because God wanted to create you!”
We are not just conquerors, but MORE than conquerors.
Focus Verse: But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (1)
As His chosen children, God made special promises to Israel. Now as His adopted sons and daughters, some of those same special promises apply to us today. He who created you (insert your name here), He who formed you (insert your name here), has also redeemed you. He calls you by name. There is no need for you to fear because you are His. Through water and fire and flame, God will be with you. He will do a new thing in your life! He will make a way for you in the wilderness and rivers in your wasteland. If we are genuinely repentant, God will be faithful to blot out our faults and completely forget our sins.
Focus Verse: I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. (9)
God often calls the most unlikely, uncertain people to be His servants and carry out the work of His kingdom. Whoever He chooses, He will not forsake or reject. He will walk with us every single step of the journey that He calls us to take. He will strengthen us when we get weak, help us when we falter, and uphold us when we stumble.
Focus Verse: And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.” (7)
Isaiah’s prophecy to Hezekiah did come true. We already read about this happening back in 2 Kings. It was Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who laid siege against Jerusalem and invaded it before totally destroying it. Nebuchadnezzar took away Jerusalem’s royal family, many of its citizens, and all the riches that Hezekiah showed Marduk-Baladan. Many believe that Nebuchadnezzar later made the Jewish captive, Daniel, and his three friends eunuchs in his kingdom.
Focus Verse: Hezekiah received the letter from the messengers and read it. Then he went up to the temple of the Lord and spread it out before the Lord. (14)
When we are facing a problem, we would do well to follow the example of Hezekiah and spread out our cares and concerns before the Lord. We shouldn’t try to handle it ourselves; we just need to depend on God.
Focus Verse: The sword of the Lord is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat—the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in the land of Edom. (6)
Our Lord is not just the Good Shepherd, but also a warrior. He did not come to only bring peace, but also a sword. This should not frighten us. If God only brought peace, all the evil that is present in our world would go unpunished. But Righteousness cannot make peace with unrighteousness; Love cannot shake hands with hate; the Truth cannot live with the father of lies. In order for all to be set right, the Lord must totally destroy all that is wrong.
Keep your confidence and do the will of God. (Hebrews 10:35-36)