Isaiah 51:12-23

Scripture: from verses 16 and 17

I have put my words in your mouth, and covered you in the shadow of my hand…Wake yourself, stand up!

Observation:  The passage is God pointing out that His people spend all their time being afraid of and focused on humans and human might, which is rather pointless given that humans die quickly and God is eternal.  Whether God is punishing or blessing, His actions are considerably more impactful than human ones.

God says that He has already given His people words to speak and shelter and provision and everything they need for life.  They face their attackers from a place of strength, not weakness.  They just don’t know it.

I’ve been thinking lately about the need to “fail fast,” an idea that comes from the Freakonomics podcast, The Upside of Quitting.  The Freakonomics people meant it in terms of business and life decisions: we should try lots of new things, but identify which ones aren’t working or aren’t useful early on, so that we can quit them.  Try new things, and fail fast at the ones that are wrong.

For me, failing fast has been more about choosing to have faith in God instead of faith in myself.  When I try to do things on my own strength, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  If I fail fast – if I realize early on that God can handle this and I can’t – then I rely on God and He always works.  He is abundantly efficacious.  Boundlessly potent.  Me failing fast just means that He wins sooner.

I’m trying to wake up.  I hope that I don’t have to wait until my words give out to start speaking His.  I’d like to walk in the safety of His shadow.  I don’t know how that happens, but that’s what I want.  I want to fail fast.

Application: I’m hesitant to give an application in an area where I’m still feeling out what I’m supposed to do.  But I have found that He gives answers when we ask questions.

Prayer: God, thank you for making me a superconqueror (Romans 8).  I praise you because you have already won the battles I am fighting.  Help me to enter your victorious rest.  Amen.


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