Tuesday, November 08, 2011

A Precious Story From Isaiah

Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread,"
There's a precious story in the Bible that may have been missed (or maybe you've known it all your life). It's in the Good News version of Isaiah:

"The LORD said to me, 'No matter how shepherds yell and shout, they can't scare away a lion from an animal that it has killed [for food]; in the same way, there is nothing that can keep Me, the Lord Almighty, from protecting Mount Zion'” (31:4).

You don't have to live in Africa to know this: when a hungry lion has run and run and finally caught its prey and sits down to enjoy his hard-earned meal, nothing can shy him away from it. Don't you dare try to wrest it from him! You'll see a lion ferocious at his worst.

So, says the LORD Almighty—(your personal Friend and Savior), will He protect you fiercely from anyone who might try to harm you!

We all have often needed that encouragement.

But there's a second story here:

"Just as a bird hovers over its nest to protect its young, so I, the LORD Almighty, will protect Jerusalem and defend it'” (vs. 5). Substitute your name for "Mount Zion” and for "Jerusalem,” and you have the New Covenant message the Lord wants you to grasp.

He is like a super-angry hungry lion and like a quiet mother bird, both. (He created them both so they could teach us a lesson about His character.)

The people in Isaiah's day couldn't forget that vivid lesson! Neither can we.

--Robert J. Wieland

From the "Dial Daily Bread" Archive: June 6, 2006.
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