One of the great Biblical truths is that of the greatness of God, he is the sovereign Lord over all things. Time and time again the bible uses this fact to reassure us, some people see God’s greatness in abstract terms but the Bible always applies God’s greatness to the believer’s life.
God’s sovereign care can be seen in the way that the Lord ascribes his knowledge of us and his creative power even in the womb. As an example of this teaching I want to look at Isaiah chapter 44.
But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
Israel, whom I have chosen.
2 This is what the LORD says—
he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
and who will help you:
Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
Jeshurun, r whom I have chosen.
3 For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4 They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
like poplar trees by flowing streams.
5 Some will say, ‘I belong to the LORD’;
others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
still others will write on their hand, ‘The LORD’s,’
and will take the name Israel. (Is 44:1–5).
Israel has been rebellious and has known the discipline of the Lord but this does not mean that he has forsaken his people. In fact The Lord is concerned to bring them back into a deep relationship with himself. He reminds them that they are a chosen people and he cares for them intimately. He has been with them since conception and will not forsake them. The Lord promises to help them and when God speaks he always keeps his word.
God’s people are not to fear because he is with them and when they are spiritually thirsty, he will pour out his Spirit upon them. The imagery of dry ground being turned into a verdant landscape shows the generosity of God. Look at the description carefully and you see that God is promising that something of beauty will spring up as the result of the Spirit’s work. they will look like fresh grass and like poplar trees planted by flowing streams. The wonderful fact is that our God has not changed he still comes and waters the dry places of our hearts. As they receive God’s provision for them they acknowledge that they are God’s people. In other words their sense of identity is changed and they realise that God in his grace has transformed them.
Then in verses 7-20 God contrasts himself with the idols of the nations, they can’t do a thing, he alone is God, just listen to his opening words,
“This is what the LORD says—
Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God. (Is 44:6).
He alone is God to trust in any other thing or person is a vain thing, he alone is the sovereign ruler who loves his people. although I am not printing all the verses here turn it up in your bible and you will see how the Lord ridicules any other proposed deity.
but after this the Lord reassures his people of his love and care. God will not forget his people sometimes we feel as if he has but the truth is that he has never forgotten us and never will.
21 “Remember these things, Jacob,
for you, Israel, are my servant.
I have made you, you are my servant;
Israel, I will not forget you.
22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud,
your sins like the morning mist.
Return to me,
for I have redeemed you.”
23 Sing for joy, you heavens, for the LORD has done this;
shout aloud, you earth beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,
you forests and all your trees,
for the LORD has redeemed Jacob,
he displays his glory in Israel. (Is 44:21–23).
Look carefully at these words,here we see the amazing grace of God not only does he reassure them that they are his people but he shows them the wonder of his grace. The Lord calls his people to return to him because he forgiven them, he has swept away their offenses and they can live in the wonder of God’s greatness and grace. No wonder he calls the heavens to worship the Lord, the prophet sees the incredible nature of God’s redeeming love.
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