Early this week I was asked what I was being inspired by. There are so many different ways to answer that question especially after being around great people, spending time in Scripture and enjoying worship. It took me a while to answer, but when I did, I came back to the verses that have continued to run through my mind for the few days prior.
My daily reading has had me in the book of Isaiah and specifically in chapters 25 and 26. As the week ends I would like to give you some thoughts from these verses. There are some big ideas and some affirmations directly from God…
Isaiah 25 NLT
4 But you are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall,
There is nothing deeper and closer to my heart than meeting the need of someone I meet. This person may live in poverty or maybe in a mansion. It is my calling from God to serve others. In serving we win the right to share about Jesus.
This verse reminds me that God is the avenger. God is the one who looks out for those who cannot look out for or help themselves. You and I can step in and show others God’s mercy and grace.
7-8 There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people. The Lord has spoken!
Depression is something that many people battle. Seems almost like an epidemic, but this has been a reality for centuries. I do believe, as this verse said, that God can and will remove the cloud of gloom. Whether it is the death of a loved one or a difficult situation, gloom is something we deal with.
Give it to God. He is able. He is sovereign who is able to care for all things and is trust worthy. It hurts when someone close to us does something to loose our trust, but our God won’t do that. He has us. He has spoken the promises. We are to claim them.
Isaiah 26 NLT
3-9 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. He humbles the proud and brings down the arrogant city. He brings it down to the dust. The poor and oppressed trample it underfoot, and the needy walk all over it. But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them. Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name. In the night I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek you.
I need and desire that “perfect peace”. How about you? The only way to have that peace is to fix our lives on God, to trust our eternal rock and to be humble before Him. God is everything.
But is God our heart’s desire? That question is important. It can open others to see God when our desire is turned toward God.
12-13 Lord, you will grant us peace; all we have accomplished is really from you. O Lord our God, others have ruled us, but you alone are the one we worship.
That is a prayer. Ask God to grant you peace. Worship Him only. Faith is not something we hide but what we are to live by and share with others.
These verses are powerful. May our lives hold tightly to faith and breed faith for others because God is so good.