As a child in Sunday school, I learned to believe and love every word in the Bible. As a teen at youth camp, I realized that the Word was God. It was alive with words that I needed daily. It was there that I began reading the Bible through one verse at a time. I love to take my time to meditate and learn as the Holy Spirit teaches and guides. My favorite reference is Strong's Concordance. Since the Bible was not written in English, much can be learned by referring to the original language of the author. Often, God will direct my attention to another topic or passage. Then, I take a detour, spending time on that road, before returning to my stopping point. Along the way, I journal the thoughts, ideas, and lessons God gives me. Now I am obeying God in sharing some of these thoughts with you. My prayer is that you will be encouraged and challenged. My desire is that you fall totally and madly in love with God and His Word. I would love to hear from you. Feel free to respond to what you read, whether you agree or disagree.
Can Isaiah's prophetic message apply to my life today? The scope of Isaiah's prophecies encompasses a vast span of past, present and future. A working knowledge of Old Testament history as well as a basic understanding of eschatology is essential in truly comprehending the depths of Isaiah's message as it applies to a global timeline. In spite of these intricacies, it is not abusing the text to say, "Yes!" Isaiah has much to say to me, a woman living in the United States in 2015. An overview of Isaiah reveals that the book of Isaiah is a call to revival! God, through Isaiah, calls the people of Israel to remember Who He is, to recognize their own sinful state, and to repent and return to Him. Along the way, Isaiah reminds those who have oppressed God's people that they will be judged. They were only tools in the hand of a sovereign Ruler. As God's people humbly return to Him, they will triumphantly join God in final victory. While Isaiah's message was directed largely to the nation of Israel, the nation of Israel was made up of individual people, people who needed a move of God in their lives. The lessons God was teaching the people of Israel in their spiritual journey are the same lessons He wants us to learn today. If you need a revival in your life (And who doesn't?) read and heed this amazing story of God's relationship with His chosen people.