By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: July 13, 2017
From Series: God is in the Gaps
Isaiah 43:16-17, "This is what the Lord says—He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick."
We never know what tomorrow holds—we're not supposed to. Instead we must trust in the One 'who was and is and is to come'. Every minute of our lives has been ordained before God laid the foundations of the earth. As Christ followers, we believe in the purpose-driven lives for which we've been called. Therefore, we live by faith and not by sight. We have witnessed God's miraculous provision for His people too many times to count in Scripture. It's important for us to know our history and trust in the inerrancy of God's Word. We believe He parted the Red Sea, we believe the walls of Jericho came crashing down, we believe that He delivered Jonah from the belly of a whale, we believe that God sent His only Son to live righteously, die sacrificially, and rise bodily, and we believe that in Christ we are free from the wages of sin and death. And we believe we will spend eternity in the presence of God! Trusting in this, we gain hope and joy knowing that no matter what God is with us. The battle is won.
In today's verse, God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah telling the Israelites to remember what He had done. What they didn't know was that He was preparing them for 70 years of Babylonian captivity. Due to their wickedness and idol worship, His patience had grown thin. So why isn't Isaiah reminding them of their mistakes? Because regardless of the consequences, they were still God's people. Through His covenant with Abraham, He promised to bless them. The point? Blessed people can still live in bondage emotionally and spiritually. The Israelites needed to remember that regardless of what they faced God was with them and would deliver them in due time. The same is true for us—even when our world seems to be upside down and everything is out of sorts—we know that God is bigger, stronger, and more powerful than anything we face.
Father God, I know that no matter what I face You are with me. I've seen the miraculous and believe if you've done it before You will do it again. Help me to remember this when I'm frustrated, tired, and feeling as if nothing will ever change. I love You!
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