Benefiting from His word
For the Lord is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the Lord,” he says, “and there is no other. I publicly proclaim bold promises. I do not whisper obscurities in some dark corner. I would not have told the people of Israel to seek me if I could not be found. I, the Lord, speak only what is true and declare only what is right. “Gather together and come, you fugitives from surrounding nations. What fools they are who carry around their wooden idols and pray to gods that cannot save! Consult together, argue your case. Get together and decide what to say. Who made these things known so long ago? What idol ever told you they would happen? Was it not I, the Lord? For there is no other God but me, a righteous God and Savior. There is none but me. Let all the world look to me for salvation! For I am God; there is no other. Isaiah 45:18-22 NLT
Isaiah’s emphasis from the text is that there is no life, no purpose, and no salvation apart from God. God wants us to turn our back from worshiping idols for they are not beneficial to us. This is why it is important that we accept what God offers to us. Let us accept the gospel and on how God is presented in His word. Once we begin to grow in the knowledge of Him all the more He will reveal Himself to us and will make clear those that are unclear. We will be more benefited in our relationship with Him as we continue to grow knowing Him. God invites and challenges us to rethink our lives and accept the life He offers. “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ” (Romans 10:17). If God’s word is received by the hearer, faith that is generated will result to obedience. Obedience then will lead to blessing. It is God’s intention, and has been from the beginning, that believers enter into His promised rest by trusting Him. When the Israelites did not take seriously the word of God declared by the prophets, His word gave them no benefit. We should accept the fact that though God is perplexing in His ways, He is faithful and will be true to His promises. Do not miss out on His promised rest just because you do not want to listen and obey His word. “For this good news—that God has prepared this rest—has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t share the faith of those who listened to God” (Hebrews 4:2).