Today I want to try something a little different. Instead of just walking through the passage like we so often do, I want to model a journaling method I have found very beneficial in my own devotional time every morning. It’s called the HEAR method, and I love it because it is a simple way to go deeper with your time in God’s Word, and allows you the chance to slow down and meditate on what you’re learning. (For more information on the HEAR method, follow this link.)
Here’s my HEAR method for Isaiah 16:
HIGHLIGHT A VERSE
The verse I’m going to highlight is Isaiah 16:5:
“Then a throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David one who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness.”
This verse stands out because it is a beautiful connection to Christ.
EXPLAIN THE VERSE
This verse is talking about the throne that our Savior-King Jesus inhabits in heaven. It reminds us that Jesus is the one who is all powerful and in control. He judges with justice and swift righteousness but is also established in steadfast love. It is because of the steadfast love of Christ that we can stand before God at the day of judgment with confidence, not because of anything we’ve done, but because of what Christ has done.
APPLY THE VERSE
Because Jesus is on his throne, we don’t have to worry, but we do have to submit. I must submit often of my desire to be the one on the throne of my life when Jesus has that rightful place. His steadfast love gives me hope and comfort in moments when I don’t deserve it—his love is steadfast, not conditional.
RESPOND IN PRAYER
Father, thank you for sending your Son to die in my place. I pray the reminder that Jesus is on his throne is a comfort, not an annoyance. Help me submit to your leadership today, and remind me of your steadfast love, which is better than life (Ps. 63:3). Amen.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate