O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you; I will praise your name,

   for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.

Isaiah 25: 1

 

The Prophet is talking to me. He is providing my fickle heart with an example of how it could respond to life. Instead, I am too often caught up in the issues at hand or with the problem that I am facing; so, I lose sight of what really matters. When I get into solution mode, I readily access those resources that are close at hand. Then my arm just reaches out for what is on the shelf near by, and I start to operate out of my own wisdom, experience, strength, and understanding. These are all problem solving aids that have been with me for many years. However, on their own, they seldom create truly lasting solutions, their use can be exhausting, and they can quickly become a form of idol that demands ever greater sums in tribute.

 

Isaiah was doing a great work, and he was engaged in this work because God had called him into it. He was a man who possessed all of the intelligence, strength of character, and determination that this task required. Yet, he seems to have realized that nothing that he had or was would be useful in completing God’s assignment on its own. He placed his total focus on the Lord and sought God’s leading, wisdom, and strength for every decision and action. It was not that Isaiah was indecisive or slow to engage with the situations that he encountered; instead, he was always ready to follow God for the Prophet continually kept the face of God before him.

 

He seems to have lived a life of contemplation and prayer. Even in the most trying of circumstances, Isaiah knew this one simple fact; that is, “You are my God”, and these words were always being spoken by his heart. Like Isaiah, we can have lives that are defined by contemplation, even meditation on the same reality-shaping truth, “You are my God”. This focus leads me to understand that God has plans for me and for my life that are far older than any of my thinking. Also, His performance is perfect. God does not fail, and He always leads His people into the wonderful rest and peace of His salvation.

 

It will be said on that day,

“Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us.

This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”

Isaiah 25: 9