Daily Archives: May 18, 2018

May 18 – 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!

Isaiah 55

Invitation to the Thirsty

“Come, all you who are thirsty,
    come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without cost.
Why spend money on what is not bread,
    and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
    and you will delight in the richest of fare.
Give ear and come to me;
    listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
    my faithful love promised to David.
See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
    a ruler and commander of the peoples.
Surely you will summon nations you know not,
    and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has endowed you with splendor.”
Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

SOAP Note

While We Still Can | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

Isaiah 55:6

Observation

God’s not a distant God; He’s right there, ready to bring us great joy. Our human plans are not planned to succeed, but the plans He has for us will come to great fruition. If we come to Him while we still can, stopping the evil and wicked practices and live in His way – there is no doubt that He will carry out His plans perfectly.

Application

Yesterday was a busy day for me; there wasn’t much time for anything – though my human plans were thought out and executed – there wasn’t much time for You. At the end of the day (and into today), I feel empty and unaccomplished; I’m sad that I lost that time with You. I don’t want to lose anymore precious days that I can spend with You. Take my selfish away; take my agenda away and make Your plans mine.

Prayer

Father, I thought I accomplished great things yesterday – helping people, making a difference, working on getting the “bad guy”; moreover, being praised by “man”…it didn’t satisfy me the way being in You does. Thank You for giving me this time, to come to You and being the only thing that satisfies me. In Jesus’ wonderful name…Amen.

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