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Who'd Have Thought

Who'd Have Thought

28 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 53-56; 2 Peter 2

Scripture:

Who believes what we’ve heard and seen? Who would have thought God’s saving power would look like this? (Isaiah 53:1 MSG)

Special Note: I would like to have included the entire text of Isaiah 52:13 through Isaiah 53:12. Please take a few minutes and look up this Scripture and prayerfully and thoughtfully read it. It will be worth your time today.

As I read through Isaiah’s description of God’s suffering servant this morning, I slowed down and read and re-read his words that prophetically described Jesus Christ and his unbelievable sacrifice for sinners – for me! Isaiah really meant it when he questioned whether anyone would believe that God’s saving power would look like that. He knew what he had heard and seen was true, but even he had no way to contextualize it with God’s salvation through the suffering and death of God’s Son.

I marvel at the love of God and the willingness of Jesus Christ to suffer and sacrifice for me. I read this short chapter through three times this morning with all four of these “marvels” going over in my mind: 1) God loves so much, so deeply. 2) Jesus sacrificed and suffered so much. 3) God showed Isaiah exactly what it would look like so he could tell the people hundreds of years before it happened. 4) This message was recorded as part of “Scripture” and still speaks to us about God’s incredible grace and mercy – 2700 years later!

In Isaiah 55:8-9, God explains a little more of how it works: 8 “I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” God’s Decree. 9 “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think.” (Isaiah 55:8-9 MSG)

I’ve got to remember that God doesn’t think the way I think and doesn’t work the way we work. His way is higher and better. Who would have thought that God would save us the way he does? Who would have thought that God would use people like you and me to do his work? Who would have thought?

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for the reminder that you don’t do things our way and that your way is better. I trust you and your way. Amen.

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