The Redeemer of Woe

God seems to be leading me to find nuggets of gold in odd places as I read scripture lately. I am truly discovering Rehema words, were God directs me to a passage and the heart of something is revealed as revelation to me. Sometimes this goes against the traditional interpretation of a passage; but God loves to interpret Himself and breathe new life and truth.

The passage in Isaiah that I discovered is hidden in the midst of rebukes and woes to people who mock God. This verse even, is about how people were complaining against God and asking God to hurry up and prove himself.
Our God will not be mocked. He loves justice and this passage was filled with Isaiah’s rebuke to the people who mocked and questioned God’s power and authority.

Knowing that, I would like you to view this verse by itself, skipping the first 4 words.

Isaiah 5:19 (NIV)
19 to those who say,
“Let God hurry;
let him hasten his work
so we may see it.
The plan of the Holy One of Israel—
let it approach, let it come into view,
so we may know it.”

As I was reading those were the only words that I could see on the page. I was only later that I discovered the context. But look at those words themselves, for they are powerful.
Let God’s plan, His work, approach; let it come into view so we can see it, and know it!

Those words sound so close to;
Mathew 6:9-13…
Lord, your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven!

What is the difference? The attitude of the heart! The first was spoken doubting and mocking and full of ugliness and darkness. The second was a prayer of the heart to invite the Father to come. So, if our hearts are right we can pray Isa 5:19 in confidence without fear of rebuke, because the content is not wrong. We should want to see God’s work, His plan come and unfold. We long for his kingdom to be established in us and on earth. The longing to do the work of the kingdom and wanting to walk in cooperation with his plan is the manifestation of our true identity and destiny.

May God show us His plans as our hearts are made right before Him. Seek Him for the plan of God and how to come into alignment with Him in every area.


  1. Bonnie Brooks says

    Our hearts sometimes need an attitude adjustment in order to line up with God’s will. I am very thankful to know several people who can help me when I need an adjustment. It is really interesting to see how in Isaiah the words are spoken in sarcastic judgement and in Matthew the same desire is spoken as an invitation. What a dramatic difference in leaving off three words. It changes the whole intent. Thank you Lee-Anne. I share your prayer.

  2. Bev says

    Great word Lee-Anne. Thanks!

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