The Beauty of Isaiah

by SomeGirl on April 29, 2011 · 1 comment

Wow! Can you believe it’s the last Friday of April??! Time flies by SO quickly! Hasn’t my sweet friend, Alicia from Confessions of a Snowflake, done a GREAT job walking us through Isaiah this month?! I’m so glad she kindly agreed to lead us on our journey from Christmas to Easter… I hope you have been blessed by her words and God’s Word! I LOVE Alicia and the book of Isaiah both very much! ♥

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.

Thank you so much, Alicia!


The Beauty of Isaiah

A beloved city destroyed

A majority of the population either killed or taken into captivity

The remainder living under the heavy hand of the Assyrians

This is the setting of the second part of the book of Isaiah.

All of this was because of their sin.

But your iniquities have separated
you from your God;
your sins have hidden his face from you,
so that he will not hear. Isaiah 59:2

But the beauty of Isaiah does not rest in the sin of the Israelites.

The beauty of Isaiah is found in the promises of God.

The LORD will have compassion on Jacob;
once again he will choose Israel
and will settle them in their own land.
Aliens will join them and unite with the house of Jacob. Isaiah 14:1

Even before the judgment happened, God is promising the return of the Israelites to their land. He never forgets them…even in the midst of their sin.

Chapter 30 is a beautiful example of this. In the beginning of the chapter, God is condemning the Israelites for looking to Egypt to save them.

Therefore, this is what the Holy One of Israel says: “Because you have rejected this message, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coals from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern.” Isaiah 30:12-14

The beauty of Isaiah comes later in the chapter…

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18

The beauty of Isaiah is that even in his anger, God still has compassion.

The beauty of Isaiah is also found in the love that God shows for His people.

Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life. Isaiah 43:4

The beauty of Isaiah is that it is still true for us today.

God has compassion on us. He knows that we were made from dirt (Psalm 103:13-14). He knows we are going to mess up. Not only does He know of our sin, but He knows that the world is against us. Jesus tells us in John 16:33 that we will have troubles in this world.

This Christian walk is not an easy one.

The beauty of Isaiah is that it reminds us that we are not alone.

Even in the midst of our pain and suffering, God is there.

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

The beauty of Isaiah is that no matter what we experience God will still be with us.

When we are faced with a job loss, God is with us. When a child is sick, God is with us. When we are discouraged, God is with us. When our business struggles, God is with us. When we don’t think we can go on, God is with us. No matter what we are facing in our life, God is with us.

The beauty of Isaiah is that not only is He with us, but He will not let us be overtaken.

He keeps the fire from burning us. He keeps the waters from sweeping over us.

God is our righteousness. God is our salvation. God is our protection.

My friends, may you know that beauty today. May you know God’s protection. May you feel God’s strength holding you up. May you feel God’s compassion giving you grace. And may you feel God’s love as it gives you hope.

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Kim @ Stuff could....

I could not agree more with this thoughtful post. Yes God does care, with job loss, etc. I like the “we are made from dirt”, it is so true!

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