Isaiah 66: 12-14
Tonight was one of those nights! I was up and scrolling through my phone and God was pulling at my heart. Telling me to grab my bible. He had something to tell me & Ive learned my lesson once before, so I didn’t even think twice.
This is the second time I’ve opened my bible up to Isaiah though, so maybe I should just read through the whole book? Hmm *thinking emoji*. I opened up to Isaiah 66 today and started reading at verse 12 and read through verse 14. I had to read through it a few times before I could understand what it was I THOUGHT he was communicating to me. I even went back and read the whole chapter to attempt to gain a better understanding.
Now, quick side note, I don’t write these devotional takeaways for “teaching purposes” or to tell people the right or wrong way to study the Bible. I also don’t want people to think that i’m trying to tell them what the Bible means. The way I think of it, 100 people could read the same verse and when asked to paraphrase what they read, 100 different versions of that one verse will be spoken. God uses his word to speak to us individually. There is an individual message wrapped up in different verses of the Bible for different people at different times! These are my Personal thoughts and take aways. This is what I felt God was telling me.
“12 For this is what the Lord says: I will make peace flow to her like a river; and the wealth of nations like a flood; you will nurse and be carried on her hip and bounced on her lap. 13 As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you, and you will be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 you will see, you will rejoice, and you will flourish like grass; then the Lord’s power will be revealed to his servants, but he will show his wrath against his enemies.”
It honestly helps me to copy over the scripture. It really allows me to slow down and really take in everything thats being said. Anyways, this chapter is talking about the final days. About how God will reward his followers and condemn those who did not follow him. Earlier in the chapter it talks about how God gives us free will to decide how we are going to live our lives. He allows us to make decisions and to make mistakes. He wants us to chose him of course, but wants us to have the option to chose right from wrong. Each person choses their way, and for their actions they are either rewarded or punished accordingly. God has clearly spoken to me through his Word. I know what he delights in; what he wants from me and how I should live according to him. I know these things, but it is 100% up to me whether I live by these words, or chose a different path. However, knowing the right and choosing the wrong is a sin. right?
Another thing that stuck out to me was the beginning of the passage I read. “As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you…”. wow. I don’t know if you all saw my instagram post from a few days ago but the caption spoke on this same topic! This is a reflection of how the love that God has for us is such a personal and specific love that is givin to each and every one of us in just the way we need. He knows us so well; so fully. The overwhelming love a mother has for her newborn child can’t even compare to the love God has for each and every on of us individually. What makes me more overwhelmed is that I can’t even think of the actual words to type that can express the fullness of his love!
I know theres so much in this chapter and I plan to dive further into it as the week goes on, but for now…I think that will do! I hope you all have an awesome week. Keep shining and loving one another!!