Isaiah 47:10 No One Sees

You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, ‘I am, and there is none besides me.’ Isaiah 47:10

God had chosen to use Babylon to punish the Israelites for their rebellion against Him. In the process of doing that, Babylon became very proud and felt that they were the top authority and in complete control. They went further in the punishment of the Israelites than God had wanted them to do. Now God was calling them into account for their actions.

The world as a whole lives in a way that does not believe in God in any way. They live in sin because that is all that they know and they do not believe that God exists. The person who lives this way is living the only way that they know how to live.

One of the sad things is that many believers live in very much the same way. Individuals have personal sins in their lives that they commit in their house behind closed doors when they are alone. They feel as if no one is around and that no one can see them.

Buying into the world’s ways of doing things happens by many believers. They forget that God is right there at all times. God can see behind closed doors and into the mind of every person.

You may have some of these challenges in your own life. It may be direct actions or it may just be in your thoughts, either way it is sin that you are holding onto in your life. You may try to justify that sin and feel as though no one sees it. However, remember that God is there and sees and knows all.

Do not allow the wisdom and knowledge of this world or your own wisdom and knowledge to fool you into thinking that God does not see or know what is going on. Give those sins and habits to God and allow Him to crucify them. Allow God to remove all sin from your life.

Always keep in the front of your mind that you are never alone and that God sees and knows all. Allow Him to create in you a new heart and mind. You are a new creation. Do not live in the old sinful ways.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will give all sinful habits to God; that you will seek God’s strength to turn from all sin; and that you will listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance to you.

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Psalm 22:1-2 Feeling Alone

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest. Psalm 22:1-2

David had been crying out to God for deliverance from all of his enemies. As he cried out, he felt as though God was silent and would not answer him. The feeling was to the level of feeling like God had abandoned him. Later in this psalm, David says he will still proclaim God’s righteousness and continue to trust in Him. These are the same words that Jesus proclaimed several thousand years later as He was dying on the cross.

As people go throughout their life, there are times when they feel as though they are completely on their own, and that no one else cares. This often occurs while they are surrounded by a lot of people. There does not seem to be a connection with anyone. Many will commit suicide because they feel so alone and helpless.

Believers can feel the same way at times. They may be going through an extremely difficult time and are crying out to God day and night, with no answer. God is silent and does not appear to care.

It is not that God does not care, but that it is not time for Him to act or speak. God is still in control of everything that is happening. You must continue to trust that God knows what He is doing. Trust that God is righteous and will do nothing wrong.

Instead of focusing on the problems you are facing and that God is not answering them, focus on how good God is. Focus on telling others what Jesus has done for you and can do for them. Focus back on what God has done in the past.

As you do these things, you will be trusting God and giving God the glory and praise. Complaining will not do anything, trust will allow everything.

Even though you may feel alone, Jesus will never leave or forsake you. He is still right by your side at all times, even in your darkest hours of life.

I pray today that you will know the presence of God in your life; that you will trust God when you can’t feel Him; that God will fill you with His peace; and that you will proclaim God’s goodness to everyone.

Nehemiah 9:19 Not Abandoned

“Because of your great compassion you did not abandon them in the wilderness. By day the pillar of cloud did not fail to guide them on their path, nor the pillar of fire by night to shine on the way they were to take.” Nehemiah 9:19

Nehemiah and the priests were praying and worshipping God. In this prayer they spoke of the history of the Israelites. They pointed out that when the Israelites were wandering in the desert, God was still with them and did not abandon them. They had their needs met.

When going through difficult times, most people feel like they are abandoned by other people and by God. Often they feel that God does not care about them anymore and will not have anything to do with them.

Christians who have fallen into some type of sin, often feel abandoned. They feel the guilt of their sin and do not think that God wants anything to do with them anymore. They are also often abandoned by other believers. Many Christians tend to shun or shut out believers who have fallen into a sin, even when they try to repent.

The truth is that God does not abandon His people. As the Israelites were wandering in the desert because of their sin of rebellion against God, God was still with them, guiding and providing for them. They did not have the newest fashion of clothing, or the fanciest steaks on the table, or brand new Mercedes-Benz cars, but they had everything that they needed. They also had God’s presence in their lives.

You may be going through a tough time. This tough time could be because of something you did, or it could be just a time of testing that God has allowed the world to put you through.

Regardless of why you are going through a tough time, you can know that God did not abandon you. Jesus said that He would never leave you. God is always with you, seeking to lead and guide you.

It may not feel like it when you see the rest of the world with more things than you have, but it is still true. You will always have what you need. Trust God that He has not, nor will He ever abandon you, when you seek Him.

I pray today that you will always seek God; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will never feel abandoned by God; and that you will trust God’s guidance.

Luke 5:16 Getting Alone

“But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Luke 5:16

Jesus had become very popular among the people. Many people were chasing Him down to receive healing from Him. Others loved to hear His teaching. Some were even trying to find a way to get rid of Him.

Today, Jesus would be just like a big celebrity. Everywhere a famous person goes, there are crowds of people wanting to see him. There are also crowds of reporters to report what he is doing.

Even though Jesus came to save the world, He would often get away from the people to be alone. Jesus would slip out the back door and go off to a place where there were no people.

A few people love to be alone, but most like to be around some other people. When alone, people like to do various things. Some like to read, or watch a movie, or write in a journal, or sleep, or just sit and think.

The purpose for Jesus to be alone was to be alone with God His Father. He would spend that time alone to pray. During this time of prayer, He probably received direction and strength for the next things to do. Jesus never did anything that His Father did not say or do.

For most people, everyday is very busy with many things to do. Often people feel like they don’t have enough time to get everything done. There are always places to go, people to see and things to do.

In the rush of everything, you must take time to get alone with God. This time alone should be more than a five second prayer time that is rushed also.

Take time to stop and talk with God on a regular basis. It does not have to be the exact same time everyday, but it should be everyday. Let God know what is on your heart. Then, listen to what is on God’s heart.

God has a plan for you today. If you do not listen to what God has for you, you will miss it. The only way you will hear what that plan is, is by getting alone with Him and listening to Him.

I pray today that you will get alone with God; that you will take time to hear what God has for you; that you will be willing to walk away from things of this world; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Mark 15:34 Left Alone

“And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani? (which means My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?).” Mark 15:34

Jesus had been persecuted, then hung on a cross to die. He had hung there for several hours before dying. These are some of the last words that He spoke on the cross.

The whole purpose of Jesus dying on the cross was to take on all of the sins of every person who ever lived, both past, present and future. Think about how much sin that is.

On the cross, Jesus felt ever sin that had ever been done to anyone. He felt every strike, rape, abuse, and killing ever done. He heard ever bad word said against anyone. He felt every sin.

As He felt all that sin, He cries out to His Father. Jesus cries out asking why God had left Him. God cannot look upon sin at all. Jesus had become our sin. God could not look upon Him.

Jesus and His Father had been together for all eternity. This was the first time they had been separated. God had to turn His back on Jesus because of the sin.

Many times in life you may feel that God has deserted you. You may feel all alone. The pain and pressures of this world will seem great.

Jesus stated that He would never leave you, or forsake you. He was left by God the Father, so that He would not have to leave you.

You are not alone. God has not left or forsaken you. No matter how bad things seem to be, Jesus is right there beside you. He went through the pain and suffering to be beside you now.

Look to God for your strength and comfort. Know that He is there. Know that you will win in the end. God will bring comfort when all the troubles are over. Someday you will be walking with Jesus in heaven for all of eternity.

I pray today that you will know that God is with you; that God will reveal His presence with you; that God will strengthen you during hard times; and that God will make you more like Jesus.

Hebrews 7:25 The Ability of Jesus

“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25

Right before this verse it talks about Jesus living forever. Now it states that He can completely save every person who comes to God through Him. The interesting reason why He can save is because He lives to intercede for each person.

What does it mean to intercede? This is when a person goes before a second person on behalf of the first person. He will plead the person’s case for favor. Jesus is shown here that He lives to intercede for you and I. He is constantly standing before God pleading our case. Every one of us deserve only death and punishment, yet if we come to God through Jesus, we find His grace and mercy in forgiveness. Jesus is standing before God the Father telling Him that the price of death for our sins has been paid. He is seeking God’s mercy for us.

Knowledge of the intercession of Jesus can bring a person great encouragement. Often people feel alone and that God has rejected them, but that is not the case. Jesus wants everyone to succeed in every thing. For this reason He is standing before God on our behalf to get us His favor. We can only succeed if God is for us. Although God hates sin, He is not looking for ways to destroy us. He is seeking ways to save us and get us on the right path. His favor does not necessarily mean financial success or fame, although these may come also. It does mean being spiritually successful, having a full abundant life, and being filled with His joy and peace despite the circumstances. It means being successful at building His kingdom and obeying His commands.

Today you need to rest in the fact that God is for you and not against you. Seek God to find out all He has for you today and every day. Follow God with everything in you. Know that you have the favor of God on your life as you seek Him through Jesus.

I pray that today God will strengthen your belief in Him; that you will know that God loves you; that you will know that God is only seeking the best for you; that you will follow God with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind; and that you will use God’s favor on your life to be more like Jesus and to be His witness in this world.