O LORD, you are my God, I extol you, I praise your name; For you have carried out your wonderful plans of old, faithful and true. Isaiah 25:1 NABRE
The prophet Isaiah is a major prophet due to the amount of writing attributed to him. Isaiah is the prophet quoted most by Jesus in the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The first part of Isaiah’s oracles have to do with the times of the kings of Judah, dated eight century BC. Chapter twenty-five opens with a song of thanksgiving. God has chosen Jerusalem as the place to manifest His glory and so the prophet is grateful and sings a song of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. After a praise opening the prophet speaks of an arrogant city that has been defeated by the Lord and goes on to sing how the people will never have to fear from those “aliens” (the defeated people, outsiders.) The prophet continues the song proclaiming how they feel so much joy, as if it is felt by someone who exalts the Lord at any time, in any place, rejoicing that He protects the weak and casts down the proud. This is a song sung by someone who knows their dependence on God and realizes that God does take care of His people. God spoke to Noah, Abraham and Moses about plans and this song opens recognizing that God is faithful to those plans and people.
God does not change plans, nor is God convinced to do something that He has not already decided to accomplish. God, knows what is best for all and moves steadily toward the goals He has for us. We sometimes think we can appeal to God to change His mind to our benefit, but God is already doing what is best for us. Prayer is intended to bring us closer to God and help us understand His will. Pray always for the will of God and your understanding of His plan.
Do you pray often? When you pray do you feel closer to God?We sometimes think we can appeal to God to change His mind to our benefit, but God is already doing what is best for us. Prayer is intended to bring us closer to God and help us understand His will. Click To Tweet
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