Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Isaiah Speaks

I’m in one of those places where I can sense the Lord is in the process of communicating something to me. It has to do with a verse in Isaiah. I began reading through the book of Isaiah, simply because many verses that have meant a lot to me, in this season of my life, seem to be coming from this book. So I decided to join the game, just to see what’s up.

The first verse was Isaiah 43:10. “You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, and my servants whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe Me and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, and there will be none after me.”

This verse has become the theme verse for a small team from my church that is going to Mexico in March.

What I noticed about this verse is the unique role of the terms “witnesses” and “servants.” So often we picture these two types of people as doing something. But in this verse, we are witnesses and servants so that we might know and believe God—not someone else.

This has meant so much to me as I think about “bringing the light,” because, of myself, I bring no light at all. I think I’m going for the people, but according to this verse, I’m going for myself. I’m going so that I might know and believe and understand God more.

Secondly, a passage from Isaiah 10 stood out to me:

“Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?

Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?

That would be like a club wielding those who lift it, or like a rod lifting him who is not wood.” vs. 15

I have a Bible study with some girls on Friday mornings, this Bible study has been unusual for me in that I think I may have finally learned that if God calls me to a task, I should do it regardless of the outcome. I should not be concerned who attends, for God will bring the girls He wants to be there. I should not be concerned about the numbers—smaller is often better, anyway. I should not be concerned about what the girls think of the study, only that they are growing. I am the axe, the saw, the club, or the rod in the above verse. Not that I actually destroy something, it’s only that, without the hand of God, I am a piece of dead wood or metal. Nothing good is possible without God. Any progress or success is from God. I am God’s tool, His vessel for His own use. He can set me aside and pick up a different one any time He chooses.

I suppose these two themes run together and will eventually connect very soon. I’m not yet half way through Isaiah, but I’m sure I’ll pick up some other clues as to what the Lord is telling me.

I feel as if I’m on a treasure hunt. I know God can tell me very directly, but what would be the fun in that? This way it’s a mystery, with a very exciting conclusion at its end.

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