This morning, we’ll do a shorter reflection, and return to our full SOAP method throughout the rest of the week. Today, we are going to reflect upon Isaiah 41: 8-10. Listen to what the Word tells us this morning in this text:
But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners,saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
In this passage we see that God tells the people that He has chosen them. He chose their ancestors Jacob and Abraham. He even tells them that He called Abraham a friend, a pretty high compliment from God, to be called a friend. That shows just how deep the relationship was between God and their ancestors.
Why is God telling them this? They are going through a real time of trial. They are under attack. Jerusalem is being destroyed, the people are being hauled away in exile. The people feel as through that God has forgotten them. They are forsaken. God has abandoned them. They are all alone, in this time of destruction.
And to that, God says this – no. I choose your ancestors. I choose the ones that have gone before you. I have made promises to them. And I will keep my word, for I am God. And I will not leave you. You are are mine. No matter what happens, no matter how hard the road it, no matter what is going on, God has promised.
He will not leave us. He will not forsake us. He will not forget us.
We are not forgotten. Remember that. Hold onto that. Cling to that. No matter how rough the path may be, God is with you.
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