A new believer I know asked me to help her find verses about faith.
As I thought about how to respond, I realized that reading a verse that says “have faith” isn’t what helps faith to grow. Here is how I responded.
I can tell you over and over to trust me, yet if my actions are not trustworthy, will my words change anything? Likewise, reading how I should trust God isn’t going to automatically make me do that. I have to know He is trustworthy.
How do I get to know that?
When you read through the Biblical accounts, look to see what it tells you about God’s character. What promises has He made? Were those promises kept? How did Jesus treat those around Him?
The woman caught in adultery.
The tax collectors and prostitutes.
The everyday people who were hungry and sick.
The religious leaders.
In the Old Testament, while there are many times we see God’s people under attack by their enemies or in exile or in famine, each time it was as a direct result of their disobedience. In every instance, they had been warned ahead of time. Warned of punishment and encouraged by the hope of restoration when they repented.
We repeatedly see God’s faithfulness and that He keeps His promises. The more I am reminded of how He has done that in the past, the more I can be confident that He will continue to be faithful in the future!
How have you seen God’s faithfulness in your life?
by Mesu Andrews
Series: Prophets and Kings #1
Published by Waterbrook Press
Publication Date January 16, 2018
Genres: Biblical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Israel 732 - 539 BC
Written for: Adults
In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king. Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Isaiah's Legacy
An incredibly tender and thoughtful account! This is one of the best stories I have ever read.
The friendship between Hezi and Ishma tugged at my heart from the first moment, when God used each of them to heal deep wounds in the other’s soul. As their friendship became iron sharpening iron under the tutelage of Isaiah, and as it grew from friendship to love, my heart sang. And as they experienced their first major rift, I was gripped with pain for them, hoping for a resolution that would come quickly.
Isaiah’s Daughter tells the story of a king who reigned during a time of great upheaval and fear, ushered in by a father who rejected the Lord and turned to idols. Hezekiah and Ishma struggled with trusting the Lord and had to learn how to search the Scriptures they had to remember God’s faithfulness. The lessons were quite profound and beautifully illustrated.
I have always cheered and admired Hezekiah for his righteous stand for the Lord. How he boldly restored the Temple after its countless years of use for pagan worship. Led Judah and Israel in celebrating the Passover after centuries of neglect. Destroyed the high places where idols were worshipped. I had never considered, though, how hard that would have been; going against everything he had known. The contrast between Hezekiah and his idolatrous father who angered the Lord is so marked and author Mesu Andrews presents a plausible reason for this.
Isaiah and his prophecies were presented in an astounding manner. Do you read his prophecies and think about him as a confident and brave man, standing against the whims of kings and nations as I have? And imagine how after his vision of the seraphim at the throne of God he would have boldness the rest of his life? Being human, as we are, of course he had his moments of doubt. The author shows this conflict between his faith and faltering as well as confusion over the messages he was called to deliver. When would they be fulfilled? What did they mean? Were they for now or the future? I loved reading and thinking about these things and questioning what it would have been like for him.
One of the most interesting concepts in the book was Isaiah’s thoughts on the prophecies about the coming Son of David, the Root of Jesse who would usher His people into peace and forgiveness. Again, it was something that never occurred to me, yet it makes perfect sense and fascinated me.
I will never again read these portions of the Scriptures the same way! While I understand that this story is the author’s interpretation and partly her imagination, the events of multiple books of the Bible have been combined realistically and compellingly, making me consider hopes, fears, and motivations in a way I never have before.
If you have ever struggled through understanding the prophecies of Isaiah or understanding the events of Judah’s kings, this amazing story will help bring history to life for you. I strongly encourage all lovers of Biblical fiction to read it as well!
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