Isaiah 42:14-25

Scripture: from verse 16

 I will guide them in paths that they have not known.
I will turn the darkness before them into light,
    the rough places into level ground.
These are the things I do…

Observation: I don’t remember who, but someone once commented that there is a difference between real magic, which relies on interacting with demonic spirits to attain power, and the fictional magic of characters like Gandalf and Aslan and even Harry Potter, who make magic simply because that is who they are.  This person went on to comment on what this means for believers who read fantasy, but that’s a conversation for another day.

These are the things God does.  They don’t require any special effort or concentration from Him; if He stopped doing them, He wouldn’t be God.  Dynamite explodes, rain falls, humans breathe, and God makes light for those who need it.

That means that these things require nothing from us.  We don’t have to be strong enough or righteous enough or sufficiently faith-filled.  These things flow out from God, whether we notice them or not.

Of course, we still have to walk on the path, and all the light in the world won’t help if we keep our eyes shut.  But there is never any question about God’s willingness or ability to do these things.  These are the things God does.

Application:  Ask to see the light and the path and the smooth places.

Prayer:  Father, I praise you because you turn the darkness into light.  I praise you because you have prepared a place and a calling for every one of us, whether we ask for it or not.  I praise you because good things flow out from you, without stop or hindrance.  Help me to see what you have made for me.  Amen.

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