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Living Life

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  • April 2018
2018. 4. 26 | God Reassures (Isaiah 51:1~11)         Speakers John Smyser

1 "Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD : Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2 look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.
3 The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
4 "Listen to me, my people; hear me, my nation: The law will go out from me; my justice will become a light to the nations.
5 My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way, and my arm will bring justice to the nations. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.
6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, look at the earth beneath; the heavens will vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment and its inhabitants die like flies. But my salvation will last forever, my righteousness will never fail.
7 "Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults.
8 For the moth will eat them up like a garment; the worm will devour them like wool. But my righteousness will last forever, my salvation through all generations."
9 Awake, awake! Clothe yourself with strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in days gone by, as in generations of old. Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces, who pierced that monster through?
10 Was it not you who dried up the sea, the waters of the great deep, who made a road in the depths of the sea so that the redeemed might cross over?
11 The ransomed of the LORD will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

 

 

Reflection

He Never Fails (51:1–6)

Just as the LORD was faithful to Abraham and Sarah and blessed them with many descendants, God comforts His people and reassures them that He will fulfill His promises to them. His truth will go out from Him, and His justice will reach the nations. His righteousness and salvation is near, and all can wait in hope for Him who never fails. Even in deserts and wastelands, God’s people can rejoice in thanksgiving because they know that He is faithful to bring righteousness and salvation to His people. Though the heavens and the earth will fade, God is eternal, and He will fulfill every promise to His people.

 

How has God demonstrated His faithfulness in your life? How can you reassure others that God is faithful to bring comfort and joy to them?

 

Do Not Fear (51:7–11)

As this passage reminds us, God will vindicate His people when others oppress or insult them. We therefore do not need to fear the opinions or actions of others. We can find strength in God who has continually fought for His people for generations. We do not need to place our hope in the approval or acceptance of those around us because ultimately God is the only one we should follow and obey. We can run to Him and place our hope in Him because He will surely protect and redeem us. Our sorrow and sighing will flee, and we will find everlasting joy and gladness in Him.

 

How do you react when people insult or oppress you? How do you feel knowing that God promises everlasting joy and gladness?

 

A letter to God 

Lord, thank you for Your unfailing strength and love. I choose to rely on You today. Please empower me by Your grace to be fearless in the face of man and joyful in Your presence. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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