Saturday, March 7, 2009

Isaiah 58

They seek Me daily,
And delight to know My ways,
As a nation that did righteousness,
And did not forsake the ordinance of their God.
They ask of me the ordinances of justice;
They take delight in approaching God.
- Isaiah 58:2

Isaiah is one of my favourite books. I always find myself coming back to it, again and again. A couple of weeks ago I was reading Isaiah 58 and found a whole bunch of cool promises from God.

Paraphrasing Isaiah 58:7-12
If we feed the hungry and clothe the naked then: (7)
- our "light shall break forth like the morning" (8)
- our "healing shall spring forth" (8)
- righteousness "shall go before" me (8)
- "the glory of the Lord" will be my rear guard (8)
- when we call, He'll answer (9)
- our light shall "dawn in the darkness" (10)
- the "Lord will guide [us] continually" satisfying our soul, sterngthing our bones (11)
- we will "raise up the foundations of many generations" (12)

I love that. I find I do this a lot in my journaling; I'll find a passage, and while I'm reading it I can just picture it as point-form notes and I always find it easier to break it down this way!