In May 2010, a person invited me to a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) to study the book of Isaiah. I learned from Isaiah that Israel and Judah were about to face Godís judgment of captivity. The people of this time practice idolatry, by worshiping wooden images and other Godís than God Almighty. So, both the Assyrians and Babylonians drove Israel and Judah into captivity for Seventy years.
BSF changed my thinking that I no longer fear my circumstance entwined with knowledge that God is always with me. The book of Isaiah opened my eyes to listen to my circumcised heart, perfected by the Holy Spirit than listening to the world events around me. Be it my family life or globally. Perspective of a circumcised heart became clear as Isaiah told Ahaz why make alliance with Egypt, when he feared the Assyrians army on his country border. Isaiah reminded him of God mighty hand rescued the Israelites from Egypt during the time of Moses. Isaiah reminded me to believe the songs of my heart when God calls me to action. This call to action is when He reveals future events, in my life, testing me not to ask when or what the value of such events when they occur. It is Godís will to test my presence of mind and the building of faith before, during, and after these events. Everyone shall be tested, ďgoing through a seasonĒ where works of faith is tested. How one enters these seasons and eventual egress from it determines its spiritual value. If you egress the same as you enter, then no change. Only those with changed spirits, liken to a baptismal experience. Of Godís kingdom and how his people act in peace and wholeness.
Isaiah prophesies of the Redeemer, His pain to restore Godís people and the joyous resurrection and eternal life to come for Godís people. Enlighten stories of newness in life and earth stabilizes my soul, letting me understand I can experience this newness, by faith in the grace of Jesus Christ. The reading and study fellowship is life-giving energy to endure this worlds challenges until my death or in the year of my Lord to come.