We serve a God who never changes. Unfortunately, we sometimes forget what God has done. This was Israel’s position in Isaiah 45. So, God reminds them and us, who He is and what He has done.
“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else.7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. 8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?” (Isaiah 45:5-9)
God states He is the Lord. There is no other. He created all things. He makes peace and brings judgment. He concludes that Israel should not strive against their Maker. Neither should we.
Then He speaks of Israel’s future. He says that Israel will be saved. He restates that He created the earth.
“But Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.19 I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth: I said not unto the seed of Jacob, Seek ye me in vain: I the Lord speak righteousness, I declare things that are right.” (Isaiah 45:17-19)
God is not finished with Israel! He has a plan. The plan is being executed as we speak.
As believers in Christ, we must remember that Israel is God’s chosen people. Gentiles are grafted in and must never forget that. The blessings and the curses were for Israel, not the Gentiles.
Reflect on God as creator and Lord of all.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001