Daily Archives: August 24, 2021

Isaiah 17-19; Psalm 62; 1Corinthians 1

Isaiah 17-19

God is a God of vengeance when it comes to the enemies of His children. God calls His children the apple of His eyes, so anyone who messes with them will be accountable to God. In Isaiah 17-19 we see God venting His anger and spelling out how He was going to punish three heathen nations that had troubled Israel.  God is declaring what He would do to Damascus, Cush and Egypt. This is why as Children of God the same principle remains today God expects us to leave vengeance to Him as He says in Deuteronomy 32:35(NKJV) – “Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; Their foot shall slip in due time ;For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them” This is because as the scriptures also says in 2Thessalonians1:6(NIV) “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you” This gives me assurance that God has my back, I can wade through life knowing with assurance that God will protect me from evil as He fights and wins battles against the enemy on my behalf that I may never even be aware of.

Psalm 62

I love this scripture as it gives hope to them who seem hopeless. It starts off in Psalm 62:1(NIV) “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.” “Rest” is a place where turmoil ceases, a place of calmness and serenity and the reason why rest comes is because God is the source of our salvation, our very help in the time of trouble, we can rest in His arms of safety were He protects and shields us from calamity and danger. God to the Psalmist and also to us is a fortress, a rock of safety were the enemy can’t reach us. We must let this scripture bring assurance and hope when the stresses of life seem to want to overwhelm us…let it bring calmness to our souls.

1Corinthians 1

I love the assurance God gives us in 1 Corinthians 1:8 (NIV)”He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” This paints the picture of a God who wills us to win..who passionately watches over us and because of His love for us would do what He can within His mighty power to present us as a winner, blameless on the day of judgement…this brings joy to my heart and confidence that “….If God is for us,who can be against us?” Romans 8:31(NIV). 1 Corinthians 1 also brings our focus back to God who chose the foolish things to bring forth His glory taking the focus off those things and putting the focus on His wisdom, His strength and His splendour. This is why the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 1:27‭-‬28 (NIV) “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,”
So in 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV) “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” Hence God chose the Cross as a place of salvation, a place of deliverance, the beginning of a new relationship with God and a transformation of our lives…this the world sees as “foolish” but God’s “foolishness” is wiser than man’s “wisdom”. The reason for this is “so that no one may boast before him.” -1 Corinthians 1:29 (NIV) and also that “Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:31 (NIV)

In Christ

BM

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Isaiah 14-16; Matthew 28

Life is heavy right now.  For everyone.  For our family. Sickness and death, conflict and confrontation, fear and uncertainty. The past few weeks have been heavy.   

I’m sure Isaiah could relate.  He was prophesying to a divided Israel.  In spite of all God’s goodness to them, His chosen people had abandoned Him and aligned themselves with wicked, sinful nations who had no interest in serving the one, true God.  Sadly, all too often, I respond to all my “heaviness” just like Israel responded to God.  I forget His goodness and look for hope in other people, or self-help books, or Instagram, none of which can truly satisfy.

Isaiah, directed by God, pronounces judgment after judgment upon Israel and the surrounding nations.  It must have felt heavy and hopeless.  Yet, God wasn’t surprised, and it certainly wasn’t hopeless to Him.

For the Lord will have compassion on Jacob and will again choose Israel…Isa 14:1

When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil…..
Isa 14:3

The Lord of hosts has sworn: As I have planned, so shall it be,
and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. Isa. 14:24

For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it?
His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?  Isa 14:27

A throne will be established in steadfast love, and on it will sit in faithfulness in the tent of David. One who judges and seeks justice and is swift to do righteousness. Isa16:5

And, although God was speaking to Israel through Isaiah, His words apply to me today as well.

He loves me.
He chose me.
He offers me rest.
He has a perfect plan.
His plan cannot be thwarted.
He is still on the throne.
He is faithful.
He is a righteous judge.

And, just as he promised his disciples in Matthew 28:20, He has not left me alone. 

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Matt. 28:20

Always, which literally means “all the days”.  Not occasionally but continually.  Not just when I’m obedient.  Not just when things are happy and easy.  Before any sickness or conflict or fear, God was already there. When He spoke judgment in Isaiah, His perfect plan already included deliverance through His perfect Son—both for Israel and for me.  When Jesus spoke this promise in Matthew 28, He knew everything that lie ahead—for His disciples and for me, my family, and this world.  His sovereign presence is my only true hope.

I shake, but my Rock moves not.
CH Spurgeon

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