I will go before you And make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze And cut the bars of
iron. I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel. (Isaiah 45:2-3)
One morning a few years ago, I woke up with the word “Isaiah” in my mind. I personally do not know anyone named
Isaiah so I wondered why this name was on my heart. As I opened my Bible that morning, I literally turned to the first
page of Isaiah. I immediately began wondering what message the Lord might have for me in this book. Since then, the
book of Isaiah has given me more messages than I could number and holds some of my most treasured sections of
scripture. One of my personal favorites is chapter 45.
When I first read that the Lord will make my “crooked places straight” and will “cut the bars of iron,” I knew it was a
message of freedom. To then hear that the Lord calls me by my name made the message even more personal, as if
He was speaking to me directly. I have to come understand that He is speaking to me directly. I took Him at His word
and I began to pray: “Lord, please go before me and straighten out those parts of my life that are out of order or where
I do not see the path before me. And please break the gates and cut the bars that keep me locked up, that have held
me captive. I desire those treasures You have for me in the freedom that You want to give me. You are God and there
is none other. I need You to be my God today and forever.”
These verses are just a snapshot of this great book. Through Isaiah I learned how to pray God’s word back to Him and
through praying God’s word, I have seen His personal touch in my life in more ways than I could have ever imagined.
Maybe today is the day for you to open your Bible to the book of Isaiah. Who knows how many messages God has for
you there? He knows and you will soon find out. May God go before you and bless you.
This article is used by permission of Daily Disciples
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