God's Commitment to HimselfSeries: Believe
During September we’re talking about the promises of God and our need to believe them. God’s decision to approach us with grace is not an afterthought. It is inherent in His very essence. Isaiah 48 is where God reveals the way He rules and overrules - all to the praise of His glorious grace.
Isaiah 48.1-11 - Why Does God Put Up With Us?
- Isaiah 48.1a - Hear this. At the heart of faith is listening to God. (Romans 10.17)
- Isaiah 48.1c - who swear by the name of the Lord, and confess the God of Israel, but not in truth or right.
- 48.2 - They really weren’t listening to God and really didn’t know Him as much as they thought they did.
- 48.3-5 - Every step of the way, God was faithful to His promises - in spite of them, not because of them.
- 48.6-8 - Now God looks ahead to future blessings. 48.8 - despite the fact of them dealing treacherously and being a rebel.
- 48.9-11 - Why does God put up with us?
- 48.9 - God’s loving motive in all His ways.
- 48.10 - Even when He tried them by fire, He limited their affliction.
- 48.11 - This verse tells us why. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how could my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. It echoes Ezekiel 36.22-23; cf. 22-32.
Isaiah 48.12-22 - How Does God Work With Us?
- 48.12-13 - God will never fail to be God.
- He is the first and the last. The final outcome is always for His glory.
- 48.14-16a - God is present behind the obvious.
- 48.16a - draw near to me,…from the time it came to be I have been there.
- Look beyond the surface of events and into His presence with them.
- 48.17-19 - God is teaching and leading us while we go through the turbulence of life.
- Note: He teaches you to profit: He teaches us what really matters.
- 48.18-19 - But it isn’t automatic. We often learn the hard way.
- We must heed the warning. See 1 Corinthians 10.6-14.
- 48.20-21 - God is a good Savior wherever and however He leads.
- 48.21 - Look at the promise. God is calling us out on an adventure of faith.
- He’ll satisfy our thirst along the way. In fact, he’ll split the rock so that the water gushes out.
- 48.22 - There is no peace for the wicked.
- This is the inevitable result of rejecting God. Turn to Him today.