Scripture: Isaiah 40-43. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
In these next few chapters of the Book of Isaiah, Isaiah, the prophet, speaks about the events that would occur after the captivity. He also tells about the coming of Jesus Christ and describes his life and death in amazing detail. Isaiah speaks about God’s people being completely restored and the coming of the new heavens and earth. Follow along in Isaiah 40-43, as Isaiah speaks about the majesty of God and how He is coming to rule the earth and judge all people!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God’s Word is constant, and only in the Bible will we find lasting solutions to our struggles, problems, and needs in this fallen world. God is often pictured as a gentle, caring shepherd who guides His flocks. We can all rely on God’s caring strength, for His source of strength is our strength. God cares for each and every one of us personally, and no one can ever be compared to Him. Isaiah 41 points out to us that we need not fear in life because God is always with us, God has established a relationship with each of His people, and God is constantly reminding us of His strength, help, love, and victory over sin and death. We must be sure to thank Him on a daily basis for all that He has done for us. God never breaks His promises, and we can completely rely upon and trust Him. God wants us to be His hands and feet, showing sensitivity and compassion to people around us, reflecting His goodness, honesty, and love to them. We are very important to God; and, when we represent Him, we must never do anything that would bring shame to His name. God is our Protector and Comforter; He is always with us on our journeys in life. When we ask for forgiveness, God forgives and forgets our sins completely. Because God forgives us, we must forgive others. God sent His one and only son to die so that we can be free from the slavery of our sins. Praise God!
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.