Yesterday was our first day of Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), studying the book of Isaiah. I’m excited to begin. This is my first year.
So, I began the questions this morning and I hope I get better as I go along. I had to leave 4b blank because I am unsure how Isaiah 1:1-9 relates to dealing with a past hurt. The passage is about how God is angry at his children because they have rebelled and speaks nothing of forgiveness or restoration. It only mentions how his people are stupid and how there will be chosen survivors.
Maybe it’ll come to me in the coming days.
I loved the lecture, especially Principle #1: God uses committed people to impact culture today. I’d like to think I’m one of these.
It’s also good to be reminded that you were born with a purpose in mind. I know this instinctively but it’s good to bring it back up especially when someone else says so.
Just when I’m feeling sad and questioning what I’m doing with my life and even if all my work is worthwhile, I open the Bible and God speaks to me.
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” Isaiah 55:2
The Bible further goes on and says, “Seek the Lord while he may be found” verse 6 and those who “have no money, come” verse 1.
This comforts me as I know my writing satisfies me (and God) even though right now it satisfies no one else. It’s encouraging to know in these tough times that there is hope and a future as I’m bogged down in the mire of the present.
“Your ways are not my ways,” verse 8. This is true but sometimes I wish they were my ways. His ways tend to be too hard.
So, I went to church last Sunday and they emphasized three things, one of which was daily time with God. So, I thought I’d pick up my Bible again and start reading where I had left off.
It’s amazing how God speaks to your heart when you’re open and ready. I’m in the book of Isaiah, chapter 49. These words jumped out at me from different verses:
“Before I was born the Lord called me…what is due me is in the Lord’s hand, and my reward is with my God….I will not forget you!…those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”
These are the exact words I needed to hear. As Christians, I think we all need to know that God is with us, He sees us and all we are going through, He hasn’t forgotten us, and there is hope when we can’t see it.
There’s a Christian song that just came out that so speaks to my heart right now. It’s called, “The Words I Would Say” by the Sidewalk Prophets. The words that keep repeating over and over in my mind are:
“Be strong in the Lord and never give up hope,
You’re gonna do great things, I already know,
God’s got his hands on you, so don’t live life in fear,
Forgive and forget but don’t forget why you’re here,
Take your time and pray.”
I think of this song a lot, especially when those rejections keep cropping up in my inbox. I’m reminded to keep working, keep striving and God will do the rest. That’s all we can really do anyways. Pray, Ask, Receive, and keep on living.