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 Their afflictions and deliverances (17-23) and the Conclusion.
THEIR AFFLICTIONS AND DELIVERANCE (17-23)
17 Awake, awake, stand up, O Jerusalem, which hast drunk at the hand of the Lord the cup of his fury; thou hast drunken the dregs of the cup of trembling, and wrung them out. 18 There is none to guide her among all the sons whom she hath brought forth; neither is there any that taketh her by the hand of all the sons that she hath brought up. 19 These two things are come unto thee; who shall be sorry for thee? desolation, and destruction, and the famine, and the sword: by whom shall I comfort thee? 20 Thy sons have fainted, they lie at the head of all the streets, as a wild bull in a net: they are full of the fury of the Lord, the rebuke of thy God. 21 Therefore hear now this, thou afflicted, and drunken, but not with wine: 22 Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: 23 But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.
- Hearken unto God
- Awake from sleep to strength and standing for the Lord
- Remember what God has done in the past so that you may trust Him in the future
- Allow God to comfort you
God pleads the cause for His people Israel and then afflicts Israel’s enemies.
God does the same for us. If we are willing to come before our Lord Jesus, confess our sins, He will plead our cause to the Father. He will deal with the enemies of His people.
Allow God to comfort you and share that comfort with others.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001