READ and OBSERVE: Read Isaiah 54:1-10.
- List the action verbs in verses 1-4. Circle them according to the way they are grouped in the passage (for example: sing, burst, shout from verse 1).
- Focus your attention on verse 5. Although the word “servant” doesn’t appear in this section, verse 5 is talking about the Suffering Servant. What names are given to the Servant in this verse?
- Read verses 6-8. Divide your paper into two columns. On alternate sides, write the compared statements: for example: “For a brief moment I abandoned you / With deep compassion I will bring you back.”
- Read verses 9-10. To what does God compare his love for his people?
REFLECT: Using your notes from the reading, reflect on the following:
- In verses 1-4, what feelings are evoked by the groups of verbs? Write your observations.
- In verse 5, reflect on what these names say about the Servant. Who is he, and what is his relationship to his people?
- In verses 6-10, what impressions do you have when you compare these statements? What do they say about God?
APPLY: Write what you have learned about God from this passage.
- How can this knowledge help you put things into perspective?
- How can looking at things from the eternal perspective of God, help you to understand how the present might be different than it seems?
- For what can you give thanks because of this understanding?
PRAY: Reread the verses that particularly speak to you. As you read, turn the words into a prayer. Spend some time in silence, enjoying the love God has for you, his child.