Below are my thoughts from the daily
Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from Isaiah
54-58. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you
read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.
I am back. Camp was a blast. Unfortunately
I did not get to get near my computer long enough to write blog post or even
upload the readings to the blog. When was on my computer I spent it writing things
specifically for camp. I apologize for that. I now plan to be back to my normal
schedule. Thank you for your patience.
I have also found a renewed freshness
to my reading. The break has done me some good. When I came to read the word
today I found so many different topics to write about. When we dive into the
word of God each day, especially reading it in this chronological order we find
very similar topics day after day. We have heard from many prophets over the
past month or so about the coming destruction of Israel and Judah. You might
find comfort to know that I am ready for it to happen so we can move onto
something a little more uplifting.
Today I found three independent areas I want to draw thoughts from. To cover all three means I
am only going to be able to do a smattering of justice to each of them. Let’s
God often compares His relationship to
us by reminding us of our own family relations. In our reading today we found
these words … “For the LORD has called you back from your grief-as though you
were a young wife abandoned by her husband.”
(Isaiah 54:6 NLT) Why would God use
such an analogy? Because he knows we understand the emotions tied to this idea
of abandonment. Some of you reading this may know from a painful past what
abandonment feels like, so when you read this, deep emotion pulses through your
veins. For others, while not experiencing this can relate, you understand the
emotions. God uses what we know and experience to relate to us, and for all of
us family relations are our first community experiences.
God relates to us this way because God
is not us, but He wants to do life with us, so He has to relate how He created
us to relate. God is bigger and more diverse than we are. The second thing I
noticed today is a reminder that we are not God, and we do not think like God thinks.
Read these words again … ““My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says
the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.””
55:8 NLT) Because God is so much more than we are, He must communicate with us
in a way we can connect with. God is too vast to interact with.
Last week during camp I taught a class
on baptism. On Thursday I had a roundtable discussion with all the kids wanting
to be baptized. They asked about how Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit could all
be one. I cannot really explain it, especially to fourth and fifth graders. It
is a concept that is incredibly hard to wrap our brains around. It is something
that requires faith. And you know what? That is absolutely ok. God is so much
more than we can understand. That is ok!
The final thing I found while reading is some comfort from Isaiah. Often we see
bad things happen to good people and wander why. Sometimes it is even the loss
of a family member, a friend, or even a faithful church member. But when they
are in Christ, is it really that much of a loss? Maybe for us it is. But is it
for them? Absolutely not! Isaiah gives us some insight into God’s plans and
offers a little comfort … “Good people pass away; the godly often die before
their time. But no one seems to care or wonder why. No one seems to understand
that God is protecting them from the evil to come. For those who follow godly
paths will rest in peace when they die.”
(Isaiah 57:1 NLT) When I look at our
world, I am reminded that to be home with the father is much better than to be
present on this earth. We should long to be homesick. While someone’s death
from this world leaves a hole in our heart, if they are in Christ, then they
are home; somewhere we should long to be.