Yesterday morning I spent some time reading Isaiah. For some reason this is the main thing I read when I read the Bible.
I’m drawn to Isaiah.
I find myself identifying with him, craving the words there to be spoken to me and also, I’ll be honest, I find myself a bit confused sometimes. I used to struggle with making his words personal. I wanted to, but I often told myself, “No, this was a long time ago and God was just speaking to Israel”, but there are actually many places in Isaiah where God speaks directly to those ‘outside’.
Here is what I read yesterday… I want to put down something that will encourage you, but I don’t know what you need today, so I will share what encouraged me. This is from chapter 55 verses 5, 6 and 10.
For your Maker is your husband—
the LORD Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
The LORD will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God….
Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
When you read the Bible (if you read the Bible) do you find yourself feeling judged? Do you fear that you are ‘the wicked’ that are often talked about? What if you read this stuff from the perspective of someone beloved and cherished by the God who is speaking?
What if you were the one He has compassion on and His unfailing love was for you?
I’m telling you, right now that you are. Beloved, you are.