Now we get to Isaiah chapters. These are speaking Messianically. This chapter repeats much of what is given in Isaiah 50. There is much to get out of Isaiah, but I will just pick and choose what stands out to me at the moment.
God starts by asking if He has put us away or given us to our creditors. Then He answers:
Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”2 Nephi 7:1
God doesn’t leave us or distance Himself from us. We do it by our own choices and attitude.
The Lord continues His question/answer session. He calls and no one answers, then asks: “O house of Israel, is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem, or have I no power to deliver?” (2)
Do we sometimes humanize God? Set limits on the Creator of the Universe?
- If we don’t forgive ourselves of sin during the repentance process, we do.
- If we think He will bow to social whims or philosophies, we do.
- If we think He is incapable of forgiving us of our sins, because they’re too great…we do.
With God, nothing is impossible. So don’t set limits on His love, grace, justice, and mercy.
Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make their rivers a wilderness and their fish to stink because the waters are dried up, and they die because of thirst. / I clothe the heavens with blackness, and I make sackcloth their covering.”2 Nephi 7:2-3
Isaiah says, “The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.” (5) We can liken this to us. When God speaks to us, do we open our ears to hear and focus on Him, instead of turning our back to Him and doing things our way?
If God can do anything—even impossible things—why would we ever go it alone?