Day Two: Not an Anomaly

Isaiah 51:1-3 (NIV/NASB)

“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
look to Abraham…
and to Sarah…
When I called him he was only one man,
and I blessed him and made him many.
Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion;
he will comfort all her waste places.

He will make her deserts like Eden,
her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

“God is a life-giver. If he touched old Abraham and barren Sarah with new life and out of the unpromising beginning created a mighty nation to bless the world, why can’t God do something new with you and me? If we have the faith of Abraham – not the adequacy, but the need, matched with the openness, of Abraham – then even in our weakness our lives become a part of that larger Abrahamic saga. What God did with Abraham was not an anomaly; for every believer, it is a pattern… God makes our waste places like Eden, like the garden of the Lord; he spreads joy and gladness, thanksgiving and the voice of song.” [Ortlund, Raymond C, Jr. Isaiah: God Saves Sinners. p. 339]

Let’s pray: God, fill me with your Spirit to live in the same faith you gave to Abraham. Please also fill your people who may feel particularly broken and barren today – comfort them in every waste place and make their deserts like Eden.

As you sing, “Waymaker, remember who our God is and what he has done, placing your trust afresh in him to do more for his people.

– BR