May 15 – Isaiah
In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Awake, awake, Zion,
Captive No More! | Shiree King
I started reading a book at the beginning of the year that began by dissecting these two verses (“Out of Control and Loving It” by Lisa Bevere). It describes a captive woman, but not just any woman – a daughter of the King. This “captive daughter” is trapped by her past, yet afraid of her future. She’s in danger of remaining captive if she doesn’t do something about it. She is given several action instructions: get dressed (put on the garments which may have represented crushed hopes and discarded dreams), shake it off (aggressively remove all of the stories, wounds, and failures that haunt us from our past), rise up (no longer sit in the past and take the throne prepared for the daughter of the King), free yourself (take the key to freedom that is already hidden in our hearts – the key to Someone, not something).
I started reading this book in January but had a really difficult time connecting with the imagery of this “captive daughter”, so I haven’t made it past the 4th chapter. But, maybe God is using this reading as a reminder to pick it up and try again. Maybe “now” is the time to be free? I am struck with the action required by the captive daughter. As a captive, we feel helpless, unable to free ourselves, but God is offering us this freedom and opportunity to walk in the freedom only He can offer us.
Dear God, Thank You for not leaving us in the captivity we find ourselves in or put ourselves in. I need Your help to awaken, get dressed, shake it off, rise up, and to be free. Awaken the hopes and dreams in me that may be dormant. Open up opportunities for me to be all You’ve created me to be and to be captive no more. Amen.
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