It’s Not Rational…

by Guest blogger on March 31, 2011 · 3 comments

So, we walked through Luke in December via Twitter and FBPatti so graciously walked us through Matthew in the month of January… Jenny so kindly led us through Mark in February… and Stephanie just finished walking us ever-so-lovingly through John… Now, since there are no more Gospels left for us to read through on our journey from Christmas to Easter, I thought the most appropriate book for us to explore would be Isaiah, which was written MANY years before Christ, but speaks of His coming and work of redemption so vividly!

And who better to lead us through that then my sweet friend, Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake! I know you’re going to LOVE hearing from her as I often do at her blog! ♥ Here’s a little about our Fridays-in-April guest blogger…

Alicia is married to her best friend and together they homeschool their 13 year old son. She also works part-time for her family business & is extremely involved in her homeschool group. All of this leaves her more than a little flaky. So join her at Confessions of a Snowflake, as she shares life, from one snowflake to another.

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It’s Not Rational…

 

When Michelle asked if I would be interested in doing a series on Isaiah, I was honored.  Michelle is such a great blogger friend and for her to think of me made me feel special.

Secretly (and probably a little pridefully), I thought, “I can do this.  I love Isaiah.”

Boy was I wrong!

I’ve read through Isaiah before, but reading through it with an intention to write about it made it so much more difficult.

I found…

There are verses I love…

You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.  Isaiah 26:3

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”  Isaiah 30:21

There is beautiful imagery…

But now, this is what the LORD says—he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.  Isaiah 43:1-2

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:30-31

Then there is the prophecy of a Savior…

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  Isaiah 7:14

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6

There is also talk of war and devastation.  There are verses about judgment and redemption, love and hate, anger and compassion.  To be completely honest, I don’t understand it all. I don’t know enough of the history of the time it was written.  And it’s full of end-time prophecies, which completely baffle me.

But that’s ok.

I don’t have to understand it all.  I don’t have to know what it all means. But I have to confess this is a hard lesson for me.

As an accountant, I like to know all the details.  My checkbook has to be balanced to the penny.  I want everything planned and arguments rationalized.  But I have learned that God’s word can’t always be rationalized.  It has to be accepted on faith.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

It’s not rational to believe in a God you can’t see.

But I have felt His love in my heart.

It’s not rational to believe that a God would choose to come down to earth and die on a cross.

But I know His redemptive power in my life.

It’s not rational to base your life on a book that is almost two to four thousand years old.

But its truths have held me through difficult times.

Having faith is about trusting things you don’t understand….

…like the book of Isaiah….

…like a virgin birth…

…like a God dying on a cross…

…like a Savior’s resurrection.

So as we approach Easter this year, let’s not worry about what we don’t understand.  Instead let’s focus on what we know.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16

Christ died so that we might have life. May that life and sharing it with others be our burning passion.

“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept.  I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”  Isaiah 49:6

 

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Alicia The Snowflake

Thanks again sweet friend for letting me guest post. I pray it is a blessing to you & your readers. Big hugs!

Shell

LOVED THIS. Great post. Thank you both so much for putting your time into this Friday series! I’m going to keep repeating this to myself: ” So as we approach Easter this year, let’s not worry about what we don’t understand. Instead let’s focus on what we know.” Beautiful and so true!

Sistergirl

Great post!

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