Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Isaiah, Chapter 64

Today’s chapter in Isaiah is a continuation of yesterday’s message on praise and prayer. Yesterday, the first half of chapter 63 was about redemption and vengeance, while the second half was about praise and prayer. Ultimately, in prayer we are asking for God to intervene on our behalf. In prayer we seek God for the things that are far beyond our control. In that is an act of faith. It is faith because we must wait on God and trust He will come through. Sometimes He does quickly, while other answers to prayer take time. In both, we must remember to praise God at all times.

Praising God is not always easy. Though this is being published on a Wednesday morning, I am writing this on a Tuesday where I am having difficulty immersing myself in prayer. I am also struggling to praise God today because one thing after another continues to go wrong. I still do not have the answers that I am seeking. Even in that, new events come up such as some bad news my wife received today, or an unexpected expensive repair job on my car. I am left wondering what is going to happen next, and I am concerned that all the joy will be sucked out of a trip that is normally nothing but a joy.

1 Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
that the mountains would tremble before you!

2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze

and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
and cause the nations to quake before you!

3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,

you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.

4 Since ancient times no one has heard,

no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. – Isaiah 64:1-4

This is where I am at the moment, as I am waiting on the Lord. It is an act of faith to wait on the Lord, because he does not always answer immediately when we are in trouble. Right now it can be a struggle to wait, especially since things continue to go badly, but I have faith. I know that He has delivered in the past. I must continue to take this posture in my prayer life, as well as my regular life.


1. Why does Isaiah continue to repeat himself concerning sin in the later verses?
2. How do you wait on the Lord?
3. How can we find victory and overcome the stain of our sin mentally?

Programming note: Because I will be out of state, chapters 65 and 66 of Isaiah will be finished up on April 10th and 11th after I return.

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