Because of the importance of Israel and its people, and my personal love for The Land, I’m inviting you to join me through the key Old Testament book of Isaiah. Each day I’m posting some simple thoughts about this complex prophet.
Wow wow wow!
Oh, how much God loves Israel. How much He loves you! He’d trade the whole of creation for you! For me! He calls us by name! Can you hear Him?
“But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead-end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.” (v1-4, MSG).
I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
He has paid a price for you. I believe that the price He paid was with the life of His one and only son, Jesus.
Isaiah continues with this beautiful, amazing promise:
“Be alert. Be present. I’m about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.” (v19, MSG).
Doesn’t that just fill your heart with hope?! I’m so thankful that, as we trust Him, He’s quick to do new things in our lives. New seasons of radical blessing. New seasons of His provision. A roadway, a path, through a rocky, desolate, desert. And streams of living water, where there are fish and life and quenching a thirsty soul.
Certainly, Isaiah had traveled through the desert south in Israel. If you’ve been to Ein Gedi, you can see it!
May He give us all eyes to see this new thing He is doing! Can you join me in joyfully trusting this promise today? I hope so.
If you’re new to this journey through Isaiah, you can start here.
(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.