Today, I want to focus on the first 8 verses of our chapter. When reading through Old Testament prophets, one of the main theme that consistently appears is the sinfulness of the people being written about (mostly Israel). But today’s passage is a helpful reminder of the reason that God wants to expose the sin of the people: his final purpose for them is blessing (ESV Study Bible).
In verses 1-5, God reminds Israel that he has chosen them as his people (1), he is the one who created them (2), that he will pour out his Spirit upon them (3), and again that they are God’s (5). Verses 6-8 serve to remind them that He can be trusted because of his own faithfulness.
“I am the First and the Last;
there is no other God.
Who is like me?
Let him step forward and prove to you his power.
Let him do as I have done since ancient times
when I established a people and explained its future.
Do not tremble; do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim my purposes for you long ago?
You are my witnesses—is there any other God?
No! There is no other Rock—not one!” Isaiah 44:6-8
God keeps his promises to His people, and therefore can be trusted that his ultimate purpose for them is blessing.
Are you going through a tough season either emotionally or spiritually? It can sometimes feel like God is distant in both of those seasons. But spiritually mature Christians keep perspective even in challenging situations. For those in emotional turmoil, remember that God is near to the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18). For those in spiritual turmoil, remember that there is no sin that is greater than the cross of Christ’s power to forgive.
God’s ultimate blessing for all is found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. No matter what season you find yourself in today, this is the hope we all must cling to!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate