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Monthly Archives: April 2009

Isaiah 27 is such a great metaphor for the deliverance of US, God’s people.  We know that in the coming day of the Lord, God is going to protect us and punish those who are against him.  In that day, He will welcome those who did not love him and make peace.  We know that God will leave some faithful to him behind.  Even though they may suffer physically, they will be rich spiritually and will lead God’s enemies to him for forgiveness.  God’s people will be delivered!  However, we should not wait til this day to find God’s lost children.  Pray for those in need of hearing God’s word and act like God even when no one is looking, because someone always is.

Love these chapters.

The Lord’s provision for his followers resonates through these verses. It is made clear that the “LORD Almighty is  a wonderful teacher, and he gives the farmer great wisdom.” (28:29) Further in 30:18, it is declared that our LORD is a forgiving God who waits for our return to Him. After the sharp chapters previously read that taught us the destruction from not following God, it is amazing that God welcomes our return. “He will be gracious if you ask for help.” That verse tells me that today is as good as any other day to repent and get straight with God, even if you’ve slipped away for weeks, months, or years.

Isaiah 33:22 ” For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.”

This Easter I am reminded that it is Christ and ONLY Christ who can save me, nothing I do or that anyone else can do can save me.  I am still a man in need of a Savior.

“But your dead will live; their bodies will rise.  You who dwell in the dust, wake up and shout for joy.”

This morning, this verse resonates with me deeply.  I have been on and off with God.  I have not been steadfast in my walk.  I feel caked with the dust and dirt of my sin.  I love how this verse simply says, “Quit living in sin.  Wake up and shout for joy!”

How many of us are feeling pretty dead? Maybe you wouldn’t describe your life as that right now, but do you feel alive? If you do not feel like you are living life and life to the full, then you are dwelling in the dust.  As Jay-Z would say, we need to kick that dirt off our shoulders and start shouting for joy for all that Christ has done.

There is a difference between living for today and being ready to die today. Too often, we forget that we do not know the hour of Jesus’ return and live in ways that would embarass ourselves, our families, and our God. The message that is delivered to these areas is that greatness on this earth will be forgotten. We need that reminder that God will humble the proud (26:5) and that our lives are given to us to glorify the Lord’s name (26:8).  The challenge I give to all those who are not responding or posting is from 26:11 “O Lord, they do not listen when you threaten.” Do we? Do you? I pray for each of you in hope that God gets you back on track. It is a fool who refuses to humble himself and continues in his faulty ways. I know my friends are foolish.