Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 45
By: Dr. Joshua Stowe
Card games. Dominoes. Connect Four. These are the sort of games my wife enjoys playing, and she’s good. Maybe she’s lucky. Or maybe she’s already thinking of the next two moves before I’ve even played once. And, more often than I care to admit, she wins. Sometimes it takes awhile, but give her time. She’ll find a way.
By the time Isaiah 45 made sense to the Children of Israel, the deck seemed stacked against them. Babylon had risen to power. Jerusalem had fallen. And God’s people were living in Exile. Then, with the slow roll of history, the game started to change.
God was raising-up a new leader on the international stage: Cyrus, King of Persia. Cyrus was an unlikely “hero” for God’s people. He had no relationship with God. But God knew him, and God was raising-up Cyrus for a special task. God was going to use him to redeem the Children of Israel from Exile.
It might be difficult to see how God is going to pullout the win in our given situations. But God is always working two or three steps ahead of us. God sees the bigger picture, and God is not bound by our ideas regarding how all this stuff “works-out.” The Bible tells us again and again that God has a plan. We don’t always see it, but that okay. God is good, and God won’t stop until God makes all things new (Rev. 21:1-7).