Isaiah 41-42 and 1 Timothy 2
Good morning! (Or afternoon, or evening…)
Our God is an awesome God, and He has no problem telling us that! Isaiah 41 is all about God telling the nations who is in charge. In certain places, it can seem a little harsh… calling the Israelites weak worms, putting them in their place knowing that their work is worthless compared to God, etc. HOWEVER, there are also multiple verses where God’s comforting love shows through as he reminds the Israelites not to fear, and that He is there to help and strengthen them (v. 10, 13, 17). While the passage can be blunt at times, it ultimately is God simply speaking truth to a group of individuals that He cares deeply about. He wants them to understand how great He is, and how much He cares for them!
In chapter 42 God provides a little more reasoning behind his passionate words towards the Israelites, He reminds them that they are a chosen people dedicated to being a light to the nations (v. 6). Isaiah has been tasked with sending this message to the Israelites despite the way they continue to reject God. I can almost feel his exasperation as he does his best to help them understand that they have a purpose, that God has a plan, and that they keep ignoring it! (v. 20) Do you ever feel like Isaiah trying to convince people that God has the best plan for their life? It can be difficult to speak truth into the lives of others who are not receptive, and it can be hard to see them ignore the need for God in their life. We must know that it is not our job to convince individuals they need God, He can do that all His own! Our job is to share the information, model how God can change a life, and continue to pray for their eyes, ears, and hearts to be opened to the truth.
In reality, I think we end up being most like the Israelites ourselves! We continue to disobey, ignore, or rebel against the purpose God has for us even though we may know exactly what God wants from us. We all have sin in our lives. It looks different in everyone! That is why it is so incredible that God still includes us in His chosen people, and that we all have the same opportunity for salvation and an eternal life with Him in the Kingdom.
Unlike Isaiah, we are fortunate to live in the time that we don’t have to just tell people salvation is yet to come; we get to share that a Savior has already come, already been put to death for our sins, and has already rose from the grave with a promise of eternal salvation! We are told in 1 Timothy 2 that God wants everyone to be saved, to come to the knowledge of the truth (v. 4) and that Jesus was a human who gave himself as a ransom for all (v.5-6). Who can you share some knowledge with today?
-Sarah (Blanchard) Johnson