Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday July 29th: Isaiah 45-47 ~ Conrad

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: Isaiah 45-47

"I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron."  Isaiah 45:2

As I was reading this verse it reminded of times when our kids would want me to go first to something.  First to the garage.  First downstairs.  First upstairs when the lights were off.  First from the back lane having to go between ours and the neighbours garage to the back door of our house (this one was actually just the other day).  The point is, our kids have a faith in me to go first and to "take on" whatever danger or resistance may be in our way.

We have our Heavenly Father who will do the same for us; except His abilities are endless.  He will clear and pave the road for us.  He will break down city gates.  Smash padlocks, kick down barred entrances.  He will be our GPS for "geo caching" treasures.  All we have to do is place our faith in Him like our children do in us.

In chapter 46 Isaiah challenges us to go back to the basics.  "Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God and there is no other; I am God and there is none like me." (vs 9)

We need to remember who God is and what God has done for us.  On the church camping weekend a few weeks back, someone was asking me how Pamela was able to go back to school when the kids were young.  As I told the story of all the miraculous things that God had done to pave the way for this to happen, it reminded me of how God did level our mountains, how He broke down the gates, and cut through the bars.  It was definitely not because of our abilities, but God alone!  

When we give God the glory it's not bragging to say how God got us to where we are today.  It's praising Him to others, and it will also encourage others to place their trust in Him too.  I think we need to do a better job at telling others of all the miracles taking place in our lives and how God has brought us through those tough times.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year PassageIsaiah 48-50


Tammy Reimer said...

Great thoughts Conrad! We truly can trust God to go before us, leveling mountains, breaking gates and cutting through iron bars!

I love the emphasis on God's sovereignty in our passage again today. It's amazing how the prophecy calls Cyrus by name 150 years before he ruled!

Nathan Reimer said...

Yes, we need to be more open to talking to others about all that God has done for us. He has done so many miracles in each of our lives.