Are you here for the He Calls Me Loved Bible Study? You’re in the right place! Welcome!
What is this Bible study you talk of, you ask? Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, sit back, and join us for 10 minutes out of your day. You’ll find out He Calls You Loved too.
Day 1 – You are Beloved, Isaiah and hard truths
Most of you reading this understand that the Bible is no ordinary book. It’s quite amazing really. Bible verses describe it as living and active. It breathes life and salvation into a person. It moves in our lives every time we open it. Sometimes the message of eternity is so big, that we forget that eternity and the message are for today. When we open the Bible, we can be assured that God has planned, from the creation of time, what we each need to hear for this particular day.
How is this even possible?! How does God take words, written in a book like Isaiah – a story of and a message for a people so long ago – and make it profoundly meaningful for each one of us, walking around in the twenty first century?
To that my short answer is – sit back and wonder for a moment, sisters – He is God.
This is who He is and what He does:
Isaiah is a book all about this God of ours. The titles above are just the beginning, and He calls us to hear, to give ear, for even just a minute from our day –
Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth;
for the Lord has spoken…
One day I sat down and read the entire book of Isaiah from cover to cover in one sitting. I drank my coffee and was enraptured in an instant. I heard the story of a God who is zealous for His people. A God who has high expectations and lots of plans. A God who loves me so much that He was stricken and afflicted for my sake. Isaiah isn’t just full of words about God, but words about who God is. It also shares God’s vision for who we are, both without Him, and how much better we are with Him. This is what God says about us in Isaiah….
We are loved.
We are children.
We are neighbors.
We are holy.
We are righteous.
We are led.
We are saved.
We are consecrated.
We are strong.
We are upheld.
We are clay.
We are heard.
We are ransomed.
We are delivered.
And this, my friends, is only one page. I have three more pages full to the brim and overflowing with titles and descriptions of our great God and His image, His forgiveness, reflected in a very much imperfect people. While we flip through the pages of Isaiah, we’ll sort out who He is related to my little life in this place and this time on earth. We’ll see how much God considers us in the big plan of eternity. As you turn your pages in the next eight weeks, may you begin to see how much God thinks of you.
We are never far outside His watch and His tender care.
Don’t get me wrong. Isaiah will be hard. There will be plenty of words in our study like
The imagery God utilizes through the prophet Isaiah is not sugar coated. It is a hard truth of our own wantonness, our wanderings, our lustfulness, our true and broken reality. But, oh, the beauty of where this brings us in our relationship with Him!
From broken to restored,
lustful to holy,
wandering to found,
forsaken to gathered.
This is love, sisters. A God who sends his only son to walk among us, who raises Him up to raise us up, both as a people and as individual children of the Most High God.
Today, as you prepare to study Beloved with us this week. Flip through the pages of your Bible. Turn to the book of Isaiah. Use the Beloved Scripture Engagement Tool below, or open to a blank page in your notebook and look for descriptions of life as the people of God. Take even just one chapter from Isaiah of your own choosing, and soak in it. Maybe find out more of the prophet Isaiah’s calling and experience with the Lord’s forgiveness in Isaiah 6.
Answer these two questions for me in whatever you read –
What does God have to say about Himself?
What does God have to say about you?
Comment below with what you read and your thoughts on the questions, or share simply in your heart between you and God.
I am beyond excited to study with you all.
You are Beloved.