This week we will look at God ministering to His people with comfort. Endless times in our walk with the Lord, we need to be comforted. It may be in a time of illness, as we saw yesterday, or loss of home, treasure, or even a job. God is there and ready to comfort.
We will be studying Isaiah 51. Today we will look at the power of God and the weakness of men (4-8), Thursday, Christ defends his people (9-16), and Friday, Their afflictions and deliverances (17-23) and the Conclusion.
THE POWER OF GOD AND THE WEAKNESS OF MEN (4-8)
4 Hearken unto me, my people; and give ear unto me, O my nation: for a law shall proceed from me, and I will make my judgment to rest for a light of the people. 5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. 7 Hearken unto me, ye that know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear ye not the reproach of men, neither be ye afraid of their revilings. 8 For the moth shall eat them up like a garment, and the worm shall eat them like wool: but my righteousness shall be for ever, and my salvation from generation to generation.
Count how many times the words “me”, “my”, and “mine”, are use in this passage. Who is this referring? God is telling His people Israel that He is their righteousness and salvation. They do not need to be afraid of what man can do to them. God is totally in control.
Do we believe this? Do we live our lives so people see the reality of God in us? Is Jesus our righteousness and salvation?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001