What Does Isaiah 48:17 Mean?

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go.

Isaiah 48:17(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The believer that has a teachable spirit is the one that the Lord can lead and guide into the way of truth. He is the Holy One of Israel, who rescued His people from enslavement in Egypt and He is the same almighty God Who graciously redeemed us from the slave-market of sin, when we first believed - "Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go".

He is the One Who promised to teach Israel those things that would benefit them - both in this life, and in the world to come. And He is the same Lord Who has promised to guide us into the way of truth, direct us through deep valleys of darkness and uphold us with His righteous right hand, as we climb the hills of difficulty that pepper our earthly path. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit. I am the One Who leads you in the way you should go.

The same Spirit of God Who led the people of Israel through the desert, rained down manna from heaven and opened the Jordan so they could enter the promised land, is the same Holy Spirit Who teaches and trains us in the way we should go. He guards and guides us during our sojourn on earth.

The Holy Spirit Who guided the children of Israel through the desert is the same Spirit of God Who guides us along the path that is best for each one of us - even if it is sometimes uncomfortable or difficult. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go".

The Spirit-inspired words of Isaiah were an encouragement to the people of Israel, who were suffering affliction during their Babylonian captivity, and it is the same Holy Spirit that speaks to us and gently leads the body of Christ through the peaks and pitfalls of this worldly system. Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go".

The One Who convicts of sin is the same Holy Spirit Who saves and sanctifies our souls; guiding us along the path of duty; pointing out the road of righteousness; instructing us on the highway of holiness and bearing us up on eagle's wings through times of exhaustion. He is the One Who protects us in the way of affliction, by pointing us to Christ as He plants our feet on the expressway to heaven.

He it is, that guides us into all truth, by speaking to us through the inspired Holy Scriptures, and He is the One that unveils the gracious character of God, teaching us to live a life that's pleasing to Him - by directing us along the most beneficial way, through His wise and gentle child-training.

He is the One who points us to Christ - the Author and Finisher of our faith, Who died and rose again so that we might live and be raised into life immortal, and He is the one that bestows on us gifts of the spirit and spiritual graces. He is the One Who is coming again to take us to be with Himself.

When God speaks should we not listen to His voice? Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, "I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit. I am the One Who leads you in the way you should go."

My Prayer

Thank You, Father, that You are my Guide and Defender, my Rock and my Stay. Thank You that You are the same today as You were when You lead the children of Israel through their times of difficulties and oppression. Give me a teachable spirit, listening ears, and an attentive heart so that I may learn all that Your Holy Spirit desires to teach me. And continue to guide me I pray, in the way that is best for me, in Jesus' name - AMEN.

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