May 16 – 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!
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So Isaiah is prophesying about Jesus, but what he’s saying doesn’t really sound any different from his prophesies of exile in the beginning of the book. The Jews were rejecting God despite all the evidence they had of Him being the only One worth following. And now he’s saying they’re going to do the same thing to God’s faithful servant! When will they ever learn?! But wait. Despite all his suffering, He’s satisfied. He gets to look back on that time and think it was all worth it. What an amazing God we serve!
I’m horrible. I get comfortable in my sin and convince myself it’s not that bad. But it is. I have God’s Word right in front of me, telling me how I should live and what not to do. But I’m perfectly happy doing my own thing. I know how frustrating it is as a mom when my daughter does that to me. How much more frustrating when an entire population does it? But it’s all worth it. The suffering, the frustration, it’s all worth it because one day we’ll be in heaven with Him – free of sin and incapable of disappointing Him. It’s all about that end result.
I’m not worthy to call You Father, but You chose me to be Your child. I consistently disappoint You, but You show me grace and mercy. I turn my back on You, but You never leave me. I give You so many reasons to give up on me, but You just hold on tighter, reminding me of that end result. I put You through so much, and You say it’s worth it. You are awesome, God. Help me to be more like You every day. With my family, my friends, and even in my thoughts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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