I'm so excited! I've signed up for my first BSF. Bible Study Fellowship. I've heard about these in-depth Bible studies for years but have never been part of one, until this fall. We'll be studying Isaiah, so I've already been reading back through the book, revisiting sections that are familiar while happening across others and thinking, "I know I've read Isaiah before so I've read this but...whoa!"
Have you ever had one of those moments when Scripture knocks you flat out, spiritually speaking? I had one of those moments yesterday. I was reading along, came to Ch 44, and read this:
This is what the Lord says––Israel's King and Redeemer, the Lord of Heaven's Armies:
"I am the First and the Last; there is no other God. Who is like me? Let him step forward and prove to you his power. Let him do as I have done since ancient times when I established a people and explained its future. Do not tremble; do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim my purposes to you long ago? You are my witnesses––is there any other God? No! There is no other Rock––not one!"
I read that and it took my breath away. I was still sitting in my chair in my office, but my heart went to its knees. I was overwhelmed by the greatness of God. By his timelessness. By his protective, even jealous, nature. By the passion he feels for us. By the investment he's made in us. By the time he's taken to provide for us, and to speak his Word not only into being, into flesh, as if that weren't enough. But then to also give us his tangible word to hold, to feed on every day. Daily bread by which to live. And finally, I was overwhelmed by his tenderness. His patience. Then I came to that final question: "Is there any other God?" I couldn't contain it. I just shouted out loud (thankfully no one was home, though Jack was a little startled), "No, Lord! There. Is. No. Other. Rock. NOT ONE!" And I came full circle, overwhelmed by his power and glory and greatness all over again.
I can hardly wait to study the book of Isaiah this fall, and I'm already praying to be knocked flat on my butt. Repeatedly! And I'm praying you'll have similar moments and join me there.
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