Key Verse: Isaiah 55:6 “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:”
1. Seek God’s Will
V6 “Seek ye the Lord while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near.”
What do people seek in this world? Many seek to prosper and get rich. We seek to be successful in life, in doing well in our study and career, and in having material possessions of the 5 Cs of Cash, Credit cards, Cars, Condominiums, Country Clubs, etc. However, God commands you to seek Him first, in fact, God commands you to seek Him first while He may be found and call Him while He may be near, why? My friends, there shall be a time when you die and you are in hell and crying and weeping to God for help and mercy. This is the time when it is a little too late. While you have the breath, while you have the heartbeat, believe in God and trust in Him and seek His perfect will in your life. God’s will is indeed perfect will for your life because He knows your needs and desires as He creates you!
2. Seek God’s Way
V8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
As God is in heaven and we are on earth, we can never fully understand God’s ways and thoughts. As God is our Creator and we are His creatures, we can never fully understand the Creator’s ways and thoughts. So what must we do? Trust God in all our ways. God knows best. God shall make a way for us when there seems no way.
3. Seek God’s Word
V11 “So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
What a promise that God’s Words shall not return void or empty! In other words, when we read or hear God’s Words in our daily bible study or quiet time or during our weekly worship service, God’s Words shall change our lives for God’s glory! As we read and obey God’s Words, we shall become Christ like and one day, we shall meet Christ face to face in heaven glory land. What a great and glorious day it shall be!
Prayer of the Week
God, help me to seek You first before my study, career, ministry, relationship, family and health.
Action of the Week
Read the Bible and pray for God to direct you His Will, Way and Word in your life.
Key Verse: Isaiah 54:7 “For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.”
1. God shall Grant You Great Mercies
V7 “For a moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.”
Someone told me that the main reason why people including Christians are still living in sin is because of God’s great mercies. People are cursing, swearing and denying God and yet they are still happily eating, drinking and enjoying life because of God’s great mercies. My friends, do not envy the sinners because God’s great mercies have limits and soon He shall judge you and me and the entire world for all that we have done.
2. God shall Grant You Everlasting Kindness
V8 “In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.”
Not only God has great mercies but He also has everlasting kindness. You may sin and sin against God but He has great mercies and everlasting kindness that He shall forgive you time and time again. However, the vital question is how long you shall take to finally realize that God’s great mercies and everlasting kindness shall cease because of your persistent rebellion against Him.
3. God shall Grant You Eternal Protection
V17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.”
What a promise for God’s servants! No weapon, not even nuclear weapons, can defeat the Christians as God shall protect you. This is the greatest heritage that Christians can ever have from the Almighty God that nothing, not even the devil’s worst attack, can harm and destroy you. The devil may seem to defeat you with his constants assaults but he shall never prevail against you because of God’s great mercies, everlasting kindness and eternal protection.
Lamentations 3:22 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.”
Prayer of the Week
God, help me not to take your great mercy, everlasting kindness and eternal protection for granted.
Action of the Week
Show great mercy, everlasting kindness and eternal protection to your loved ones as well as people around you and even those who hurt and offend you.
Key Verse: Isaiah 53:3 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.”
1. Christ Bears Your Sorrows
V3 “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.”
Are you going through sorrows? Are you despised and rejected by men? Have you thought for a moment, the Son of God or God Himself, going through sorrows and grief, and was despised and rejected by men? You would have thought that Christ would be like the President of the most powerful nation of the world and people would have esteemed and exalted him greatly and gloriously and He would have been a man of happiness and joy. However, it was not the case. Jesus was described as a man of sorrows. Why? Jesus was despised and rejected of men because He preached to them to repent of their sins and wickedness, and no one would like to be rebuked and told of their sins.
2. Christ Bears Your Sufferings
V5 “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.”
Are you going through sufferings? Christ has gone through sufferings as He was wounded and bruised by the whipping and torture of the cruel Roman soldiers not for His sins or crimes that He had committed but for the sins that we have committed. Christ not only suffered physical pains but He also suffered emotional pains. He went through ingratitude and betrayal of the people He came to save and even experienced rejection by God, His Father, who forsook Him while He bore the sins of the whole world.
3. Christ Bears Your Sins
V10 “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.”
Are you in your sins? Confess and forsake your sins and wrong doings and turn to Christ who had already paid the price of your sins by His death on the cross.
Prayer of the Week
God, thank You so much for bearing my sorrows, sufferings and sins and help me not to be surprise when I am despised and rejected by men because You were also despised and rejected by men.
Action of the Week
Encourage and comfort those who are going through sorrows and sufferings to look to God and commit their sorrows and sufferings to Him.