Monday, July 28, 2014

Isaiah 21-25

I was really shaking in my socks (I don't have on shoes at the moment) as I read Isaiah 21-25.

God keeps revealing warnings and devastating news through Isaiah about nation after nation.  It builds until we realize this prophecy involves the entire world and much of it is yet to come.  Isaiah's words apply to you and me.  That's scary. 

We are sinful, easily distracted, messy people.  We can't help ourselves, and when we try to take that route of helping ourselves, we hurt ourselves and others.  

Sin is a problem.

God is our help.  

And even though these overwhelming plans of destruction for the future don't sound good, God's plans are purely gracious and full of love (Psalm 103:8).  

Remember who God is; He is our Savior.

We have to hold on to God's promises for us and trust Him .

I don't know about you, but I loved hearing about the Lord preparing a feast of rich food for all peoples, a feast that's so much more than food...

he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears
  from all faces;
he will remove his people's disgrace from all the earth

                                                                               The LORD has spoken.

God is forever true to His word.

I want to be at that healing feast with our Savior.  How about you?

He's here with us now, in our midst.  And, our Savior will be with us on the day of His great banquet too.  And the faithful will forever say,   

Surely this is our God;
  we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the LORD, we trusted him;
  let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.

Until then, let's face it.  We have to be aware and know that sin is a problem, but we are not hopelessly bound by it.  God is our freeing help and our redeemer.  

Thanks be to God!  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

Thank You for being our gracious Savior, abounding in love.  Thank You for filling me and all of Your people with Your promises.

I humble myself before You, Lord.  Forgive my sins, and show me Your way for my life.  When I get distracted, pull me closer to You.

I rejoice in Your salvation, both now and forever.  

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit I pray,

In Christ's love,

*This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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