Isaiah 53:6 (NLT) – All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.
The passage says that we have all strayed away. It is easy to follow when it sounds easy, pleasant, and it works for our benefit—in other words when following doesn’t require much faith. However, the faith that the Lord was teaching the Israelites in the desert (and us), is to trust in His power, promise, and rescue when everything around us tells us that it is going to be difficult, it might lead to death, and there is a good chance that it might not work out. We witness this with the Israelites in the desert, when things got a little difficult (such as feeling a little rumbling of hunger in the tummies). Fear led them to panic and for their survival instincts to kick in, resulting in grumbling and to the eventual forming of the golden calf.
However, when Christ took the burden of sin upon Himself, He also took that inability to trust, follow, and to obey from us. Our doubts, our fears, our instinct to run away is now ransomed with His faith, courage, and the yearning to draw near the Lord. Today may we have the faith that the Lamb of God has made possible for us.
Prayer: “Lord Jesus, thank you for choosing me and changing me, even as you chose and changed your servant Paul; continue your transforming work in me this day and this week as I seek to stay close to you, my source of love and joy. Amen.” [Bobby Gross, Living the Christian Year. Page 214]
Today, worship with this song “More like Jesus” by Passion.