I’m doing this Bible reading plan to help me along and keep me on course, since I struggle so much with having regular quiet times. So far, it’s been very helpful! Making sure that it doesn’t just become another thing to “check off” can be tempting, but that’s usually when I go off the plan and let the Holy Spirit choose the chapter of the night.
Anyway, right now it’s taking me through Isaiah, Psalms, and Acts. Psalms and Acts are fantastic, but for me Isaiah is the real surprise here. There’s always been kind of an avoidance of the book because it does contain chapters of God in his wrath, causing me to shy away. But as I’m going through each chapter, I find verses like these:
“And now The Lord says- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of The Lord and God has been my strength.” Isaiah 49:5
Where “Jacob” and “Israel” stand in this verse, turns into a blank for all of us. We will be called to bring back maybe Round Rock, Texas, or a remote tribe in the jungle! I just get so excited over that!
“See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16
If I had any artistic drawing or painting skills of any kind, I would paint the picture in my head right now. Strong, large hands that have my
name carved into them?! The same hands that healed the leaper’s spots, who held little children, and the same hands that had nails hammered through them so that I might have freedom and hope.