“For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring.”
I don’t know about you, but I love my kids. I love my family (even when we don’t get along) and would do just about anything for them. I’m even talking about my extended family which I don’t see much anymore (we live all over the U.S.). I’m not rich and I don’t have any special powers, but there’s nothing more I would want for them than to know God. I would love for them to inherit the blessings of knowing Jesus. Sadly this isn’t always the case. We have lots of family who don’t know God or outright reject him. When I think about my offspring, my children, their future children, I would love for them to be blessed by God. I often wonder if there was someone in my family tree years ago who prayed for me. Through my family many unbelievable things have been done and I pray HUGE things are done by my descendants in the future. It’s all for the kingdom of God at the end of the day. And even though God was talking about his chosen one,Israel in this chapter, us Gentiles are also blessed every day by the Lord.
In reading the whole chapter of Isaiah 44, the middle part of the chapter caught my attention because it talks about idols. In today’s culture we tend to think, “I don’t worship idols.” We think of them as statues made of wood or stone. However, in reality an idol is anything natural that is given sacred value and power. A common thing in our culture today is to think of people as idols. If you played basketball maybe Lebron James was your idol or if you love football maybe your team or Tom Brady is your idol. This is a hard one for me but sometimes I idolize money. I trust it. It makes me feel secure and I feel like it can take care of my future. But we have to remember, no idol ever created anybody and no idol can redeem us from our sins.
“All who worship idols will be disgraced along with all these craftsmen-mere humans-who claim they can make a god. They may all stand together, but they will stand in terror and shame.”
Although the middle of the chapter talked about idols, the end of the chapter turned more towards hope. More specifically about the restoration of Jerusalem. God told Israel that He would not forget them. He talked about sweeping away Israel’s sins and scattering their offenses. God talked about returning to Him, for He paid the price to set you free. Although I am not Jewish, it gives me great comfort knowing that God’s got my back. When I’m down on my luck, God’s got me. When I’m rolling in dough, God’s got me. God has truly looked out for me and my family in this life. Even with that being said, please don’t ever get the idea that it’s been a cake-walk. I’ve faced a great deal of hardships in my life just like everyone else, because I’m not immune to it. However, no matter what the future holds I will continue to praise God for what he’s done for us. There’s good times and bad, because life really feels like a roller coaster sometimes. But I’ve learned there’s nothing to worry about because… God’s got this!
May God be with us,