Isaiah 27:7 God Strikes Differently

Lightning strike

Has the Lord struck her as he struck down those who struck her? Has she been killed as those were killed who killed her? Isaiah 27:7 

People often see punishment in a negative sense. There is often nothing good seen in one being punished for something that was done wrong.

The common reasoning for this is that most often people punish with the idea of getting revenge and to cut someone else down. There is seldom any redemptive qualities to being punished or struck in the way people punish other people.

This view on what punishment is often carried over to view as to how God will punish someone. It is often seen as a way to destroy a person or just to get revenge.

Isaiah had been talking about how Israel had been struck or punished by God. It looked like everything was hopeless, but he asks for one to take a look at how God struck. It was done in a way that was different from those He struck around Israel. God did not strike to destroy,  but to correct and build up.

In the same way God will strike believers today. He is focused on making the person the best he can be, to be more like Jesus every day. God will allow negative things to occur in a person’s life to get their attention and draw them closer to Him.

Striking in this way is done out of love, not revenge or hate as the world would strike another person. God is not out to destroy a person because of His sin, but to redeem the person.

There will come a day when Jesus will return and God will strike the world with His revenge to destroy, but this is not done today to believers. God does what is necessary today to build up, not destroy.

When you feel God’s  hand strike you, take a moment and see where you are with Him. If you are living in a sinful way, repent and turn back to Him. If you are following Him correctly, know that God is allowing you to be tested to see if you really trust Him and will follow Him.

God loves you with an undying, eternal love that is only looking out for your best. His strike at you is only to build you up, not destroy you. Instead of fighting God, allow God to build you in His way.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will not fear God’s correction in your life; that you will be more like Jesus every day; and that you will grow under God’s hand upon your life. 

Proverbs 26:28 Hate And Destruction In Speaking

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A lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin. Proverbs 26:28 

Words can do a lot. They can be used to build up or they can be used to destroy. The two major common ways that speaking can hurt and destroy people is with telling lies and flattering. Both of these go hand in hand and relatively the same.

There are many people who think that a “little white” lie is not really hurting anyone and does no real harm. Yet a lie is a lie. It is deceiving someone else into thinking something that is not true. It breaks the trust of those that hear it. Thus to speak a lie to someone is to hate them.

Flattering is telling lies to make a person feel better about himself. It often causes a person to think that they are better than what they really are. When this occurs, there is often a downfall later. The person goes about thinking greater of himself until someone else brings out the truth and crushes him.

In Proverbs it points out that a lying tongue hates others and flattering a person brings about destruction and ruin.

God is a God of love and His people are to be the same. Telling lies about or to someone or flattering someone is not showing that love. It is showing hatred.

These types of actions can often be found in the church among believers. Many believers will tell lies that they do not struggle with some type of sin, trying to look better. Others will also flatter someone to put them on a pedestal making them appear much greater than they are, rather than speaking full truth.

Jesus only spoke truth and then it was always done in love. Every believer is to speak in the same way. Jesus built people up with truth, not flattering lies.

Every day you will have opportunities to speak to others. You will have a choice as to whether to speak the truth or tell a lie. You will have the opportunity to build a person up in love or with flattering lies.

Allow God to guide your words to build them up in the true love of Jesus. There will be times of correction and there will be times of admonishment. However all of it is to be done in His love.

Are your words showing love or hate? Are your words building up or destroying others?

I pray today that God will give you the words to speak; that you will only speak as Jesus spoke; that God will fill you with His love for others; and that you will build others up in Jesus and not tear them down.

Proverbs 21:23 Guarding Your Mouth

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Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity. Proverbs 21:23 

Freedom to speak is the desire and love of many people. In some places people are allowed to speak freely in whatever way they desire, while in other places people are severely restricted on what they can talk about.

The freedom to speak freely is a double-edge sword. It can be good to be able to say what is needed without fear of being reprimanded. However, many times people talk too much, too fast. Things are often said that only bring about trouble.

Speaking today has become even easier than in the past. Not only can a person be heard by those physically near by, but he can also be heard by millions around the world using online social media. This can also happen within just a few seconds, rather than days or months.

Solomon gives advice to a person who speaks. He should guard his mouth with what he says. This prevents tragedy from occurring.

It is common to hear a person suddenly say something in the heat of the moment that is hateful or harmful to himself or to others. Responses to online comments are often sharp and painful.

Many are having their dreams destroyed because of something that was stated online years before. They did not put a guard over their mouths and are now paying for it. Often society does not care if the person ever changed or not, it is just that it was said and was wrong.

Believers are also known for saying things quickly in the heat of the moment, casting harsh judgement before hearing the full story. Instead of being slow to speak and quick to listen, they are slow to listen and quick to speak in judgement of others.

Speaking like this is often selfish and brings about trouble and hatred with no love. Believers should always speak out of love and truth.

Every day you will have hundreds of opportunities to speak. Before you speak, slow down and consider what you will say, put a guard over your mouth.

Ask yourself if what you are going to say is going to build up or destroy, it is going to be the truth or a lie.

Once you speak, your words are out there and cannot be returned. However, they will return to reward you or destroy you.

Are you speaking the words of God or of self? Put a guard over your words and speak His words.

I pray today that God will help you guard your mouth; that you will only speak the words of truth and love; that you will be led by God’s Holy Spirit in what you say; and that your words will point people to God rather than destroy them.

Psalm 94:18 When You Are Slipping

Icy road

When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. Psalm 94:18 

In this world people will make mistakes and fall. They will fail and do things wrong, hurting others and themselves. No one is immune to slipping and making a mistake, regardless of who one is or how long one has lived.

When a person makes a mistake, the world is very quick to condemn and judge the person. Often they are thrown out and rejected because of the mistake.

Many bosses are quick to judge a worker that makes a mistake. The more mistakes made, the faster the boss is to remove the worker. The patience for mistakes is not very high for most people. This also includes individuals on themselves.

The psalmist admits that at times he is slipping. At those times he cries out to God and God’s perfect, unfailing love supports him.

Along with everyone in this world, believers will also slip up and make mistakes. They will choose to step into sin for some selfish reason. They will bend under the pressure to follow a way of sin, rather than stay on the path with God.

Believers who are walking with God, will know that they are being tempted and are beginning to slip on that slippery slope into sin. Many will strive to fight it on their own, and will often fail. However, calling out to God can give the person strength to overcome it. God will not condemn because he is beginning to slip up, but will pick him up to restore him

If the person does not overcome it, God’s love is still there to support him and pick him back up. God is not waiting to condemn, but to forgive, love and restore.

You may be at different points on these slippery slopes in life. You may be walking with no fear of slipping at the moment. Or you may be at the beginning stages of slipping into doing something wrong. Or you may have already slipped into sin.

Regardless of where you are, call out to God. He is waiting to hear from you and support you. He wants to life you up and hold you close to Him, restoring you to what you are to be in Jesus.

Instead of condemning yourself, or giving up, allow God to love you and support you. His love is great enough to overcome any slip.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know that God cares for you; that you will seek God’s help in every situation; and that you will know God wants to restore you and build you up to be like Jesus. 

Psalm 93:5 Solid Commands

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Your statutes, Lord stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. Psalm 93:5

Every nation, every city and village has a set of rules to help govern their people. The set of rules are guided by how they want the people to live and act within their boundaries.

Throughout time many of the rules that a nation, or some other place has, change. They change because people change and want something different. Rules change because people change. No one is able to stay exactly the same all the time.

It is very common today to see groups of people fighting over what rule should be in place, removed or changed. Rules are often made by the majority or those who are in power, so are subject to feelings, rather than eternal truth.

In this psalm it is written that God’s statutes, rules are firm. These statutes are done with holiness for all eternity, never ending.

God is a never changing God. He is the same today, yesterday and forever. Since He never changes He is able to lay down the perfect law or commands for men to follow.

Every command that God gives is given out of perfect love. They are given with the best interest of man in mind. Since they are given this way they are solid and stand firm forever. There is no changing of the laws of God as there are with the laws of man.

Many people despise laws and the commands of God. They see them as limiting and punishing. Yet, God’s laws are in place to build a person up and make him more like Jesus, not to destroy, kill and punish.

When one follows God’s laws, he is able to walk in peace and harmony. He is able to know a true life of joy and love.

Take time to look into the laws and commands of God. Notice that each one is set there to build you up and help you live your life for God. They are set to make you ore like Jesus every day.

You do not have to fear that God will suddenly change His commands. They will remain the same forever.

As you take time to follow the commands of God, you will begin to walk in His holiness and build His kingdom as He desires. You will know His great love for you and others more and more.

Hold on to God’s commands each day.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know God’s commands are holy; that you will know the value of God’s commands; and that you will obey God with your whole life.