Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 8:19-9:7
By: Dr. Joshua Stowe
This passage offers us a wonderful glimpse into the beauty of the gospel. As chapter 8 ends, people are desperate, frustrated, and famished. They push God away which only deepens their plunge into darkness. Then, chapter 9 opens with one of my favorite words: “Nevertheless.”
Despite everything experienced in chapter 8, God’s radiant presence changes everything. Morning has dawned. Darkness is dispelled. Joy has returned. Their burden has lifted. The struggle is over. A child is born. But this isn’t just any child. He is the Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. He is the King. This child is God’s plan for a broken and searching world. He is God’s gift to you and to me.
What is it that leads God to hold people close even when they might push away? What is it that has God bringing the light of day when people seem to love darkness more than the light? What is it that has God giving a child when people seek to follow broad popularity and big personalities? It’s love. God’s love is relentless and gentle. God’s love sees our deep needs and imagines the impossible. God’s love is transformative; it moves us from darkness to light, from death to life. God knows us well, and God loves us nevertheless.
Take time today to relish in God’s purposeful plan of redemption, and cherish the “nevertheless” kind of love the Father has lavished on you and on me.