By Jeanne Johnson
I recently completed the Equip Her Bible study called Epic of Eden: Isaiah. Although this was one of the more difficult Bible studies I have done in quite some time, it really challenged me. My understanding of Isaiah has greatly increased. But the depth of my understanding is still so minute! How can this be? I believe it’s because of the amazing power of our Mighty God. I will never fully comprehend God’s ways. Even so, I will be pondering all I have learned as I hear Isaiah’s often-quoted verses during this Advent season.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. Isaiah 40:28 NLT
God’s Word reminds me that He is intimately involved in my life every day. Sometimes I even notice His involvement. The other day after class, I felt led to pray with someone about the possibility of a new job. However, my initial response was to ignore that leading. I almost missed a wonderful opportunity to listen to God and pray what was on His heart simply because I was thinking about my own weariness. How many times have I disregarded the Mighty God’s still, small voice? In the book of Romans, Paul reminds us that Isaiah’s prophetic promise was fulfilled in Jesus as He took our sins to the cross. Despite our shortcomings, we stand righteous before Jesus, our Mighty God.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 NIV
There seems to be such a parallel in Isaiah of events in today’s world and the rumors of war the Israelites experienced. They questioned, and we do as well, where is Mighty God in all of this? How blessed we are to know the “end of the story,” the fulfillment of Isaiah’s words:
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned . . . For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:2, 6
God is trustworthy, faithful and mighty to save. Throughout the ages, He has appeared at just the right time with the most perfect plan. Furthermore, His purposes and plans for us are so far above anything we can ever even imagine. This God, Yahweh, the Mighty God, is whom I choose to trust every day. Will you join me in taking a moment to ponder, pray, and remember the awesome, amazing, mind-blowing love God has shown you through His Son, Jesus the Messiah, the Mighty God?