Isaiah

Fighter Verse Reflection: Isaiah 64: 9-10

"I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, “My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose. [calling a bird of prey from the east, the man of my counsel from a far country. I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed, and I will do it.]” (Isaiah 46:10)

 

This post is from an article called "Two Infinitely Strong and Tender Truths" written by John Piper at DesiringGod.org

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/two-infinitely-strong-and-tender-truths

 

The word “sovereignty” (like the word “trinity”) does not occur in the Bible. We use it to refer to this truth: God is in ultimate control of the world from the largest international intrigue to the smallest bird-fall in the forest. 

Here is how the Bible puts it: “I am God, and there is no other. . . . My counsel shall stand and I will accomplish all my purpose” (Isaiah 46:9–10). “[God] does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35). “But he is unchangeable, and who can turn him back? What he desires, that he does. For he will complete what he appoints for me” (Job 23:13–14). “Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3).

One reason this doctrine is so precious to believers is that we know that God’s great desire is to show mercy and kindness to those who trust him (Ephesians 2:7Psalm 37:3–7Proverbs 29:25). God’s sovereignty means that this design for us cannot be frustrated. 

Nothing, absolutely nothing, befalls those “who love God” and “are called according to his purpose” but what is for our deepest and highest good (Romans 8:28Psalm 84:11).

Therefore, the mercy and the sovereignty of God are the twin pillars of my life. They are the hope of my future, the energy of my service, the center of my theology, the bond of my marriage, the best medicine in all my sickness, the remedy of all my discouragements. 

And when I come to die (whether sooner or later), these two truths will stand by my bed and with infinitely strong and infinitely tender hands lift me up to God.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait - Fighter Verse Reflection Isaiah 64:4

From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear; no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4

 

What a joy it is for believers in God through the ages to know that he acts mightily for those who wait for him. Isaiah here is writing with the vantage point of remembering God's great faithfulness to Adam, Abraham, Moses, David, and many more. He is comparing Jehovah with the other 'gods' of surrounding nations and remembering that through all the ages no one has heard or seen a God like theirs who acts for those who wait for him.

In the midst of Assyrian control, Isaiah sees the Assyrian gods as simple idols, works of man's hands that can eat no food and can perform no works. But Isaiah knows that Jehovah is a God who acts mightily. How about us? With our vantage point in history, do we remember that God is faithful to love, to save, to redeem, to control history, to rise from the grave, or to spread his Church with the passion of the Spirit? How about the 'gods' of our day? What are the mighty acts of Vishnu or Shiva, Mohammad or Allah, money, sex, or power? From of old, no one has heard or perceived by the ear; no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him. 

 

Let's wait with trust, and let's remember with rejoicing, our God who acts on our behalf.