I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today, is from the book Isaiah 41:15, 16, “Behold I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth. You shall thresh the mountains and beat them small. And make the hill like chaff. You shall winnow them; the wind shall carry them away. And the whirlwind shall carry. Shall scatter them. You shall rejoice in the Lord. And glory in the holy One of Israel. ”
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, from the above context we understand, that the object of the illustration in the verse is to show that God would clothe you with His power and that all your difficulties will vanish. To express this idea, the Prophet uses an image derived from the mode of threshing in the East when the heavy sledge was made to pass over. A large pile, of sheaves and to bruise out the grain and separate the chaff so that the wind would drive it away.
“I will make thee” means, “I will appoint thee,” that is, you shall be a threshing instrument by which you should remove all the obstacles in the way as a threshing sledge and crush them as dust in order to be victorious in your life.
God says, this new year, God will make you a threshing sledge, with sharp teeth. May be last year you might have been blunt and because of this you might have faced difficult consequences in life. You might have behaved unwisely and foolishly as wisdom had been blunt and spoilt and you have been so senseless. But in the new year, God wants to rebuild you to a sharp threshing sledge.
My Dear Brothers and Sisters, In this world there is affliction and tribulation throughout your life. And if you must withstand the struggles of this world, you just can’t manage with blunt equipment but you need an instrument with sharp teeth with which you can tear down those who suppress you. Your sharp less wisdom and knowledge is insufficient for you to face the challenges of this world, that is why this verse says, “Behold I will make you into a new threshing sledge with sharp teeth.” We are living in a fearful world. Surrounded with many dangerous problems. Where there is much jealousy and competition. This world is filled with anger and revenge. We are living in a world with tribulation and affliction. And to live a victorious life in this world, we need to have sharpened wisdom and knowledge. When people of this corrupt world are living without truth, God expects you to have sharp sense of wisdom, and good understanding, to face the battle that confronts you. You need to be intelligent. Only then you can face the mountainous problems that stand against you and crush them into small bits and make them like chaff. Only then can you rejoice in the Lord. And give glory to the Holy One of Israel. God bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly father, we thank you for this blessed day. Lord we thank you for making us, as threshing sledge with sharp teeth. We praise you for making us fit to face the problems of this world. Make us to rejoice in the Lord and glorify in the Holy One of Israel.