Scripture: Isaiah 23-27. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Isaiah, Chapter 23, begins with a prophecy about Tyre and then is followed by a chapter describing God’s purpose in judging and His devastation of the earth. Isaiah gave Honor and praise to God because he knew that God always completes His plans, as He has promised. Isaiah 27 speaks about the deliverance of Israel. Follow along in Isaiah 23-27!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God was going to destroy Tyre because he did not agree with the people’s pride. Pride will separate us from God, and He will not tolerate it. All of our true accomplishments in life come from our Creator, our Heavenly Father, and we should be sure to thank Him for all that He is and all that He does for us on a daily basis. God will, one day, permanently remove all evil and wickedness in the world. We can help slow our society’s deterioration by renouncing sin, speaking against immoral practices of the world, and sharing God’s Word with others around us. That is what God has called us to do. It is very easy to become depressed by the evilness around us. It is during those times that we can hold on to God’s promises for the future, looking forward to the times where we will be singing and praising Him for restoring heaven and earth. God will always fulfill His promises to us. When we are filled with doubt, we can think of all the prayers He has answered and praise Him for His goodness and faithfulness. We do not have to be shaken by the world’s surrounding chaos; we can cling to our Heavenly Father to have the peace that we need. God knows what is best for us, so we must wait patiently upon Him to act and to guide us in the right path(s). Also, we can always confess our sins and shameful thoughts, actions, etc., to God, and He will graciously forgive us. God loves each of us, His children, more than we could ever imagine or describe.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Books of Isaiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.