Sunday Scriptures — Jesus Will Shepherd His People

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In Isaiah 40 we read that the Sovereign Lord would come to rule with power. He would shepherd his people and carry them in his arms. No one compares to him. No one is his equal. He is the one who created the stars and knows them by name. He knows our troubles. He cares for us in our weakness.

If we find ourselves wondering if God sees our struggles and cares for us, all we need do is read to the end of the chapter. There we are reminded God does see our struggles, and he does cares for each of us. He is the one who gives strength to the weary, and helps us through our difficulties.

Sometimes in the midst of our struggles and pain we might wonder if God sees our troubles, and if he does, then why doesn’t he do something about them?

Well, God did do something the day he sent his son, Jesus Christ the Messiah as a tiny infant into our world to save us from our sins.

He sent a Redeemer who has conquered hell, sin, Satan, and death.

He sent a High Priest who knows what it’s like to live in this fallen world, yet be victorious.

God sent his only begotten son into the world that it might be saved through him.

The people who lived at the time of Isaiah waited for the Messiah to be born. Those of us living this side of the manger and the cross wait for the King of kings and Lord of lords to return in triumphant victory.

Because Jesus came into this world as an infant and died as our Savior, all is well.

What do you do to remind yourself all is well in your moments of doubt or despair?

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Israel, why then do you complain that the Lord doesn’t know your troubles or care if you suffer injustice? Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard? The Lord is the everlasting God; he created all the world. He never grows tired or weary.
No one understands his thoughts. He strengthens those who are weak and tired. Even those who are young grow weak;
young people can fall exhausted. But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. Isaiah 40:27-31 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Comforts His People

bing imagesby Sandy Kirby Quandt

In Isaiah Chapter 40 God speaks to the people of Israel through the prophet Isaiah. The first verse says God offers comfort to his people. They need not be sad for he has pardoned their sins.

courtesy bingThe coming of the Messiah is predicted in this chapter. We are told he will shepherd his people and carry them in his arms.

No one can compare to him.

No one is his equal.

He is the one who created the stars and knows them by name.

Near the end of the chapter we are reminded God sees our struggles and cares for us. He is the one who gives strength to the weary.

Sometimes in the midst of our struggles and pain we may wonder if God sees our troubles, and if he does, then why doesn’t he do something about it?

Well, he did do something about it.

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God cares so much he sent his son, Jesus Christ the Messiah, as a tiny infant into our world to save us from our sins.

The people who lived at the time of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah waited for the Messiah to be born.

Those of us living this side of the manger and cross wait for the King of kings and Lord of lords to return in triumphant victory.

Regardless of when the people of God live, he is the same. He’s the one who created the stars and just as he knows them by name, he knows us by name, too.

Because Jesus came into this world as an infant and died as our Savior, all is well, so how can we say he doesn’t care?

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Look up into the heavens! Who created all these stars? As a shepherd leads his sheep, calling each by its pet name, and counts them to see that none are lost or strayed, so God does with stars and planets! O Jacob, O Israel, how can you say that the Lord doesn’t see your troubles and isn’t being fair? Isaiah 40:26-27 (TLB)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Sunday Scriptures — Turn Back to God

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

The book of Isaiah is a book of Israel’s turning from and returning to God. Over and over and over.

We might read the book and think, What was wrong with those Israelite’s? Why didn’t they stay true to God and do what he told them to do? He provided for them before, why didn’t they trust him to provide again?

But you know that saying, be careful when you point your finger at someone because when you do, the rest of your fingers are pointing right back atcha’.

Have any of us turned away from God and returned again? Have we ever sinned and not done what his Holy Bible tells us to do? Have we ever doubted God was with us, would care for us, and see us through our time of difficulty? Have we ever resorted to our own devices instead of waiting on the Lord?

God longed for his people to turn back to him. He didn’t want to see the destruction that would come upon them if they didn’t. He wants the same for us today.

God does not want us to be destroyed by Satan’s lies and the pain of following the great deceiver. God longs for each of us to turn back from going our own way and get on the path God established for us. He wants us to never forget the price Jesus paid to sweep our sins away from us when we confess him as our LORD and Savior.

It’s easy to look at others and wonder what their problem is. It’s harder to look at our own lives and figure out what our problem is. The solution, I believe, is to turn back to God and follow his way.

I for one am extremely grateful God allows us to keep coming back whenever we stray away from him. How about you?

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Turn back to me! I have rescued you and swept away your sins as though they were clouds. Isaiah 44:22 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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