We struggle with chronology in the Bible because we are time focused and sequentially minded. God, however, exists outside the confines of time and sees past, present, and future together. This is evident in the book of Isaiah and in this chapter. Here we read of Israel’s struggle in the centuries before Christ, the fall of Lucifer before time began, and the future reign of Christ on Earth, all interwoven in a narrative focused on God’s power, His knowledge, His purpose, and His ultimate annihilation of evil.
Along with doctrinal teachings, there are practical truths for our daily lives in this chapter.
Here are a few I gleaned:
- Evil is real. Satan is real. I must see evil for what it is in my daily life.
- God is all powerful. Whatever I am going through, God is sufficient to keep me.
- There will come a day when Satan will be revealed as the destroyer and usurper he is. We will be amazed that we were deceived by him. I must watch and pray and avail myself of the full armor of God (Ephesians 6).
- God will keep His everlasting covenant with Israel. God always keeps His promises; I can be assured of this.
- Satan’s problem was (and is) pride. I must guard against pride in my own life.
Father God, Be victorious in my life today!
Isaiah 14: 3 And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve,
26 This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. 27 For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back?
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;