“If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times…” This is a phrase than many of us parents find ourselves saying in a very frustrated state to our children. For we know what every good teacher knows – repetition is the key to learning. In our frustration we are not necessary convinced that our child is teachable, since they have not learned the lesson of life we have tried through repetition to teach them.
This year in my Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) we are going through the book of Isaiah and I have discovered that much of Scripture is a loving, yet frustrated God saying to his people. “If I told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times….” His message is simple and clear, and yet we miss it, or at least I miss it so often.
It is a message of Love, and faithfulness, to stiff necked and hard headed people.
3 “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.
Isaiah 46:3-4 (NIV)
It is a message of an incomparable God whom we often set aside for a god of our own choosing.
25 “To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.
Isaiah 40:25-26 (NIV)
It is a message of hope and restoration to a people who have wandered off.
13 I am bringing my righteousness near, it is not far away; and my salvation will not be delayed. I will grant salvation to Zion, my splendor to Israel.
Isaiah 46:13 (NIV)
It is a message of peace and joyful living through simple obedience to God.
18 If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Isaiah 48:18 (NIV)
It is a message that reminds me that in my God is my very breath and life.
5 This is what God the LORD says– he who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and all that comes out of it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it:
Isaiah 42:5 (NIV)
My study in Isaiah reminds me that the people of Israel treated God like I often do, they admire who he is, but do not trust him enough to become a true follower. God continues to remind me that he does not need or desire to be admired, his desire is that we would be followers. This simple message is repeated over and over and over again through the pages of this amazing letter of Love from God to his people. I pray today that I will hear these messages of God and draw close to Him as I strive to follow him more and more each day.
May I truly become a more fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ with each passing hour.
Life is too short to waste ponders on things that don’t matter or will distract us from a life in Christ. So let’s have a GodPonder!