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: If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. (18)
God wants us to obey His commands because He made us and He knows what is best for us. He knows the good and right path we should walk. His commands are not burdensome. If we obey them, we will have peace like a river and blessings beyond measure.
Focus Verse: He made my mouth like a sharpened sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me into a polished arrow and concealed me in his quiver. (2)
So many good words in this passage that do not only apply to Isaiah. Before we were born, God called us to be His servants. Unfortunately, not everyone answers God’s call like Isaiah did – “Here I am, send me!” But God has called everyone and He knew our names even while we were still in our mother’s tummies.
You may be going through a tough time right now. Perhaps everything is going wrong and very few things are going right. You may be wondering why God seems to have you hidden behind the scenes, setting up props instead of starring on stage. Don’t worry. It may not be your time to shine now. However, you are an arrow in His quiver. God is sharpening you and polishing you so that when He releases you, you can display His splendor in a most glorious fashion.
Focus Verse: For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race. (3)
Paul has genuine concern that others (especially his own Jewish brothers and sisters) will come to know Christ. He would rather be separated from Jesus the Christ in order for his people to know Him. He would rather not experience the love, grace and forgiveness of God so that his people can experience it. He has great sorrow and is in great distress that many of his people reject the One Who died for them. Do we have that kind of passion for “our people” – our friends, our family members, our neighbors, and those of our own race – to know Christ?