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May 9 – 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 46

Gods of Babylon

Bel bows down, Nebo stoops low;
    their idols are borne by beasts of burden.
The images that are carried about are burdensome,
    a burden for the weary.
They stoop and bow down together;
    unable to rescue the burden,
    they themselves go off into captivity.
“Listen to me, you descendants of Jacob,
    all the remnant of the people of Israel,
you whom I have upheld since your birth,
    and have carried since you were born.
Even to your old age and gray hairs
    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
“With whom will you compare me or count me equal?
    To whom will you liken me that we may be compared?
Some pour out gold from their bags
    and weigh out silver on the scales;
they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god,
    and they bow down and worship it.
They lift it to their shoulders and carry it;
    they set it up in its place, and there it stands.
    From that spot it cannot move.
Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer;
    it cannot save them from their troubles.
take it to heart, you rebels.
9 Remember the former things, those of long ago;
    I am God, and there is no other;
    I am God, and there is none like me.
10 I make known the end from the beginning,
    from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
    from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
    what I have planned, that I will do.
12 Listen to me, you stubborn-hearted,
    you who are now far from my righteousness.
13 I am bringing my righteousness near,
    it is not far away;
    and my salvation will not be delayed.
I will grant salvation to Zion,
    my splendor to Israel.

SOAP Note

Creator vs. Created | Marianne Toovey

Scripture

Isaiah 46:9

Observation

Our God is the One True God. Not made by our hands, not conceived of in our minds. He is the Creator of the universe and everything in it. He chose us even before we were born. He alone can save us, so we should put our faith and trust in Him instead of in things of the earth. Have faith in the Creator, not the creation.

Application

I’ve never questioned God’s existence or prayed to anyone (or anything) other than Him like the people God’s talking to in this chapter. But I am guilty of putting my faith and trust in others over Him. Unless someone has repeatedly proven they can’t be trusted, I have no problem whatsoever putting my faith in the promises of friends and family. But when it comes to asking God for something, I struggle with the faith that He’ll come through for me. Why can I trust people so much more easily? Sinful man is bound to let me down, while Perfect God will never leave me or forsake me. I need a perspective change so that I’m putting my faith and trust in God first and foremost.

Prayer

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I want to trust You as easily as I trust the people You’ve put in my life. Help me readjust my focus to build a stronger relationship with You, and to trust You that everything else will fall into place according to Your will as a result. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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