AUGUST 14, 2016

ISAIAH 43 : 14 - 19

Many of us need a fresh touch from God. The Prophet Isaiah was commissioned by God to give instructions to the people of Israel. He was also sent to remind them of the faithfulness of God through their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. (Vs 16&17) What has you in bondage today and how could a fresh touch from God encourage you today? Is it time for something new in your life?

 1The Desert

Have you ever felt as if your life was a dry, barren desert? In our scripture today, Israel felt spiritually and emotionally desolate. In their disobedience, they had wandered from God, and He had allowed them to go and reap the consequences of their selfishness and pride. When they came to their senses, they cried out in evidence of the burden they carried in their hearts. This is very similar to the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15, who found himself in misery longing for the love, comfort, and security that his father had always provided. The people of Israel found that they were alone and needed a fresh touch from God.

 All of us have been through the desert experiences in life.

What captured you and took you away from God?

Are you in need of a fresh touch from God today?

 2   The Deliverer

 The wonderful thing about Christ is he is never at a distance. He is always near and always beside us waiting for us to cry out to Him. Because faithfulness is a part of His nature, He cannot be unfaithful and still be God. When we are faithless or unfaithful, He is still faithful. In addition, as always in the case of Israel and their misery, He proved true to His nature. God is so good and so great even when we are so weak and so bad. We are to never capable of understanding the fullness of God through our limited capabilities in the human mind. Even though we cannot fathom the greatness and majesty of God, we can understand that we need someone greater than ourselves to deliver us. Always remember that God is not only up to the task before us but He also loves us and chooses to personally participate in our lives. What a Mighty God we have!

 How has God delivered you in your times of trouble?

How would you praise Him today for His great love for you?

              3      The Decision

God sent Isaiah to share His words to His people. God said, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.” (Vs 18&19) God is saying do not spend most of your valuable time looking back on your past failures. Today is today and it is a new day. Up ahead is where we are going, the future is before us, and God has great plans for His people. God always works in the present but continually looks to the future. Life at its best is not lived in the past, nor is worrying over what happened or what once was. Instead, it is lived in the here and now, aware of the fact that God is a God of love, and He is always at work in your life to do something for your good and His glory. Maybe it is time for a “new thing” in your life. Embrace the presence of God for all things are possible with God, the best and even better things are yet to come!