Isaiah 22:12-13 Partying Instead Of Weeping

Party in a dark room

The Lord, the Lord Almighty, called you on that day to weep and to wail, to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth. But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! “Let us eat and drink,” you say, “for tomorrow we die!” Isaiah 22:12-13 

The world likes to party and have fun. Many see this life as temporary so they feel that they must have fun while it lasts. Enjoyment in the here and now takes place over everything else.

As things in this world are getting worse, many are ignoring it and living their life as though nothing is wrong. Going out and having a good time is the focus of most people.

In the prophecy against Jerusalem, Isaiah points out that God had called them to weep and wail for what was happening, the destruction that was coming. Yet, instead of following God’s command, they partied.

People of this world are on a slope, slipping down into destruction. They are living in sin and enjoy it. Sadly, there are many in the church that are living in the same way. Many claim to serve God, but are not doing what He has called them to do, nor are they turning away from sin.

Though this is happening, the church has closed its eyes to death and destruction that is coming. They are forgetting that Jesus will return to judge every person.

Weeping and wailing should be occurring over the lives of people who refuse to follow Jesus. Every effort should be made to be His witness and draw people to Him. Individuals should be weeping and wailing over their own sins and striving to live a holy life before God.

Jesus has already paid the price for sins. One should not trample upon His grace, but live for Him.

Each day you have a choice as to how you will live. If you will allow God to open your eyes to see, you will see a field ready for harvest, but one that if not harvested will be destroyed.

Do not allow yourself to be focused on just enjoying life and having a good time, but focus on building His kingdom. Build His kingdom in your own life and here on this earth in the lives of others.

Devote your life to live for God and serve Him, rather than just party and head for destruction.

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus; that you will share the love of God with others; that you will warn of God’s coming judgment; and that you will live your life for God and not self gratification.

Isaiah 6:11 Keep Going

Empty street

Then I said, “For how long, Lord?” And he answered: “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the house are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, Isaiah 6:11 

Doing something will often take some time. People want to know how much time it will take. Often they will ask about the time before they will begin a task. They want to know when they will be done or free to do something else.

The real challenge is that often the amount of time to do something may not always be known. It usually has to be done until the project is completed, whatever that takes.

Without having a knowledge of how long that will take, people will often give up early, especially when it can take a extra long time.

God had called Isaiah to go before the people to bring a message. Isaiah was willing to go, but wanted to know for how long. God tells him until the cities lie empty and ruined.

Believers today are called to go and bring a message to the people. It is the gospel message to every person on this earth. The purpose of this message is to get people to follow Jesus and be saved from condemnation to hell for eternity.

Some may ask for how long are they to be a witness telling people about Jesus. It is the same as with Isaiah–until the cities are empty and lying in ruins.

As long as there are people to tell about Jesus, one must keep on telling. The only time one can stop is when there is absolutely no one else to tell, which will only happen when Jesus returns and everyone is removed to either heaven or hell.

This is an ongoing task that no believer should stop doing.

In the same way that someone was a witness to you, you must also be a witness to others. It took some time before you believed in Jesus, so others had to keep going until you hear the message.

You, now, have the same commission that God had sent Isaiah–go and tell the people the news. Jesus repeated that commission several thousand years later and still repeats it today.

There are billions of people on this earth who still need to hear about Jesus. Cities are still inhabited. Do not stop spreading the gospel message. Keep going forward until all have heard.

I pray today that God will help you be His witness in this world; that God will give you strength to keep moving forward with His message; that God will touch the heart of people through you; and that many will come to know Jesus through your message. 

Packed Up And Moving Forward

Shelves of boxes

Christmas is over, the new year is here. Most people have probably already packed up the Christmas ornaments and decorations, taken down their tree and are ready to move forward with the new year.

All those Christmas decorations and ornaments are packed up for another year. They will not be taken out until November or December of this year. They are hidden away in a attic, closet, shed or garage to not be seen until Christmas season arrives again.

During the Christmas season, everyone is quick to talk about the birth of Jesus, about giving and loving others. The focus for many, at least for believers, is why Jesus came to this earth. Churches are often packed out for the Christmas service. People go to Christmas concerts and performances. Radios play songs about the birth of Jesus.

Manger scene

Yet, as soon as Christmas is over and the new year has begun people move on. Very quickly the heart of Christmas is missing. Generosity is forgotten. Joy is gone. Jesus is often put back in a box, packed away until the right season comes along.

When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. Luke 2:17-18

Looking back at the time of when Jesus was born, the shepherds were the first ones to learn about His birth. Immediately upon meeting Jesus, they went out and told everyone about what they had seen and learned. They did not pack up Jesus for the next season, but did it immediately.

While the bible does not say anything more about those shepherds, I often wonder if any of those shepherds later followed Jesus. How long did they keep talking about what they had seen?

Shepherd with sheep

I believe that they did not stop any time soon. This was a major event in their life. Think about it, how often do you suddenly see the sky filled with angels to bring you a message from God and you are able to verify the message is true? I have never had that experience.

There are experiences that I have had in my life that occurred 30+ years ago that I still talk about to this day. They had a major impact in my life. I want to continue to remember those experiences and share them with other people.

Drop in water

Trusting that you are a believer, Jesus has impacted your life. There was a point in your life where you chose to believe in Him and it changed your life. Do not stop at that point, keep allowing Jesus to impact your life and share that impact with others.

While Christmas is the season in which we focus on His birth, it does not need to stop there. Many believers are quick to talk about Jesus during the Christmas season, but quickly forget talking about Him after the season. Carry Jesus with you every where you go. Pack up the Christmas ornaments and decorations, but do not pack Jesus up until the next Christmas season or even until the next Sunday morning.

Child walking forward

Move forward in what God has for you, sharing what Jesus has done in you, for you and with you. Be willing to tell the world the good news. The good news of His birth gets better after His death and resurrection. You have great news to share, so go out and share it.

As this new year has begun, find out how you can draw closer to God. Find out how you share Jesus with more people. Do not hide Jesus away so that they world cannot know Him, but allow Him to shine in this dark world through you.

As you move forward in this new year, move forward in His joy, His love, His peace, His comfort, His strength, His life, His ways, His mercy, His grace, His patience, and His salvation given to you.

2 Chronicles 35:3 Now Is The Time To Serve

Pedestrians rush hour

He said to the Levites, who instructed all Israel and who had been consecrated to the LORD: “Put the sacred ark in the temple that Solomon son of David king of Israel built. It is not to be carried about on your shoulders. Now serve the LORD your God and his people Israel.” 2 Chronicles 35:3 

Putting things off is something that is easy to do. One can get distracted by many different things, keeping him from doing one thing specific. Many also put off things that they really do not like to do.

It is easy to think that one can do it at a later time. However, as one puts off something, other important things come up. As things keep coming up, more and more gets put to the side, causing one to get further behind.

Josiah, king of Judah, had the temple restored and put the Levites back in charge of leading the people in worship to God. Once everything was in place he told the Levites that it was time to serve God. They were not to put off serving God any longer as they had been doing for years.

Many people put off serving God. Some do it out of fear, not knowing what God will want them to do. Some do it because they love this world more. Others because they are too busy to stop and serve God. The reasons and excuses are many.

Every believer is to follow God with all of his heart, soul, mind and strength. This means they are to serve God with everything in them, all the time.

This is not some request for in the future. Nor is it even a request. It is a command. Today is the day to begin to serve the Lord. Now is the time to serve the Lord.

God has a mission for you to do each and every day. At the very minimum it is to be a witness of who Jesus is to someone every day. This is something that can happen over and over throughout the day. Being a witness of Jesus is the greatest way a person can serve God. It is building His kingdom more and more.

While you may have things to do in this world, your number one priority is to serve God first and foremost. Do not put it off any longer, but serve Him today while you can.

I pray today that God will show you ways to serve Him; that God will give you strength to serve Him; that God’s kingdom will grow through your service; and that you will find joy in serving God daily.

Numbers 10:10 Make Your Rejoicing Heard

Trumpeters

Also at your times of rejoicing–your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts–you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the LORD your God. Numbers 10:10

The world knows how to make their rejoicing about something good known to the rest of the world. Watch when their favorite football team wins the winning goal at a major game. The fans go crazy with shouting and jumping around. Social media is blown up with the news of what happened. It is no secret what happened or what is going on.

This not only happens with sports fans, but with many other major events in life. Great news is passed on very quickly with a loud noise.

God had told the Israelites that when they were rejoicing at one of the various set festivals, they were to blow the trumpets. The trumpet is a very loud sounding instrument that can be heard from a long ways off. This was done with not just one trumpet, but many trumpets, increasing the noise level.

The noise of the trumpets would be heard far from the campsite. The enemy would be able to hear it. The world would know that something is happening.

In the church, there are some people who are very quiet about the good things God is doing in their life. They do celebrate what God is doing, but under hushed tones, not broadcasting the good news.

This is often done out of fear of offending someone or disturbing someone else. They do not want to rock the boat at all.

Yet, the joy of what God is doing or has done should overwhelm a person to the point of wanting to tell the world about it. This news can be just a simple healing, to major touch or move from God.

When you are rejoicing over what God has done in your life, make some noise. Let others know what God has done and is doing. This can be an encouragement to other believers and it can be a witness to the world of who God is.

Do not let your rejoicing be done in secret only, under your breath. Blow the trumpet and let everyone know. God is lifted up by your praise. Do not be ashamed to rejoice out loud as you remember God’s work in your life.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will rejoice in the Lord for His mighty works; that you will let the world know what God is doing; and that you will encourage others with what God has done.