Scripture: from verse 4
I name you, though you do not know me.
Observation: God is speaking to Cyrus (probably the king of Persia) here, saying that God has chosen to bless and enrich Cyrus because by doing so He will bless Israel.
I’ve noticed lately (or rather, God pointed out) that I lack faith in certain areas. So I’ve been praying for more faith, but without really believing that I’ll receive what I ask for, because that’s part of the faith I’m lacking. Logic and scripture both indicate that my prayer will be answered, mind you. I just don’t believe it yet. (In other news, brains are not nearly as rational as we might wish.)
So I’m asking God to move unilaterally, because I can’t move to meet Him. And part of me worries that it doesn’t work like that: that nothing will happen unless I do something to increase my own faith. That God has better things to do with His time.
But the truth is that God has nothing better to do with His time. The truth is that He delights to bless me. The truth is that He named me before I knew Him, and He will continue to pull me close. And if I don’t believe those things, that’s my problem. My worries don’t change who God is.
Application: Ignore your worries and let Him work.
Prayer: God, thank you for naming me before I knew you. I praise you because you are not limited by your nature, but can move and work to do your will. Please bless me and teach me about yourself. Amen.