A Devotional Journey
led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
The first 7 verses of chapter 9 are traditionally Messianic, referring to the coming Christ.
Even though Isaiah has identified the darkness
of human sin and self-centered disregard for God's will, He can point to a time when the God's light will again shine, through the One who will come to save His people from their sin
A child will be born to become the ruler of all, a Wonderful Counselor who will be God
Himself in all His power and eternity. His rule will be boundless and His legacy will be Peace
, between God and His creation and among human beings as well. Nothing will be able to stop this result because The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.
Immediately after this word of hope comes a word of judgment
(9:8-10:34). The Day of the LORD will come and destroy all who have opposed God; yet even then a remnant will return
because of God's great love and grace towards His people.
Another prophesy of the coming messiah is given in chapter 11
, this time indicating that He will be a descendent of King David. Once again it is made clear that in the end, His kingdom will be boundless and that the nations will rally to Him
. God not only punishes, but He restores His people as well.
This section ends in a song of praise to God.
Even in His anger His love is still evident. So much so that Isaiah can proclaim: Surely God is my salvation, I will trust in Him and not be afraid.
How willing are you to submit to the discipline of God?
When you face the consequences of actions you have chosen to take, do you still believe God is with you, caring for you? Can you praise God even in the middle of troubles knowing that in the end His plan is your salvation and eternal life with Him?
It is difficult to keep such perspective in a crisis or tragic circumstance.
It is difficult to keep even when our problems are self-inflicted. Yet, God's love is everlasting, and because He knows our frame, remembering that we are dust
(as David reminds us in Psalm 103), we can have hope in His patience, mercy, forgiveness and love.
God has already sent the Savior to us in Jesus Christ
. Therefore we can also trust in Him and not be afraid!
Today, ask yourself of what you are fearful, worried or anxious.
If your problem is not greater than the one Christ solved on the Cross, then there is hope. Remember that today and mentally try to put yourself in His hands. You are there already if you belong to Him, and there is nothing that can harm you (beyond something temporary) in His care!
© A. Eugene Pearson 2010