Isaiah 50:2 Where Were You?

When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was my arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue  you? Isaiah 50:2

People often remember where they were when some great event happened. For many years people talked about where they were when President Kennedy was killed. Later is was when President Reagan was shot. More currently it is when 9/11 occurred.

In not-so-broadcast news it may be events in a person’s life. Some of these might be when the marriage proposal occurred, or the first date, the purchase of the first car or house, or one of some other great significance in a person’s personal life.

God is asking this question of where everyone was when He came by to help them. The Israelites were going through a bad time because of their sin. God wanted to help them, but as He called out to them, no one would answer.

Even today, God is not silent. Each day He is calling out to people to help guide them and deliver them from many troubles. However, most people are not really listening for His voice. They are busy trying to solve the problem themselves or seeking someone else out to help them solve the situation.

This can even occur with believers. Believers get caught up listening to speakers and singers and other believers, more than listening to what God has to say. In the busyness of this world believers need to stop and listen to what God is trying to say.

Just as people are quick to answer a text message, so you must be willing and quick to answer God when He calls. God has the strength, resources and ability to rescue you from any situation you are in. He has the wisdom to guide you through any situation also.

As you go through your day, may God never have to ask at the end of the day, “Where were you?”

Take time each day, and all throughout the day to stop and listen for God’s voice. He is waiting to talk with you. May you never be so busy that you miss a call from God or overlook seeing Him when He is there with you.

I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will hear and listen to what God says; that you will always make time for God; and that you will trust that He can and will deliver you from all troubles.

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Isaiah 6:8 Send Me!

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

Isaiah had a vision, or in some way a chance to see God on His throne in the temple. As he sees God there, God is asking the question of who He can send. God does not make any mention of where He was sending the person, or for what purpose, just that He needed to send someone. Isaiah boldly speaks up and says that he is right there and asks God to send him.

Businesses and organizations are always looking for people to do things for them. The military is the largest organization that is always looking for someone to volunteer to join and do something.

Some common questions that people ask when they are asked to join up are: What are you doing? What do I do? Where do I have to go? How much do I get paid? How long is the commitment? And why?

God is still in the business of asking the question of whom He can send. The questions people ask other people, they also ask God. Along with asking those questions, many start to cut themselves down. They say they are not worthy to do the job, or don’t have the experience, or they are too busy or some other reason not to volunteer.

It is easy to turn down a job from God. Yet, God equips and strengthens everyone who does step up to the plate and volunteer to do the job.

God may not be asking you to go to the nations around the world, or to even move across your nation. He is always asking you to go to those around you. He needs you to be willing to go to those who need to hear about Him that you come in contact with.

You have a message that the world needs to hear–that Jesus died and rose again for every person and wants to forgive and save them. God is looking for people to send out with that message.

Are you willing to step up and tell God to send you?

Or will you hide and back down from the call God has made?

Tell God, “Send me!”

I pray today that you will hear God’s call for volunteers; that you will speak out the message God has for this world; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that you will trust God to help you.

Ephesians 4:1 Living A Worthy Life

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1

All throughout every society in the world there are certain social standards that a person is expected to live up to depending on his social position in the area. A person who is a CEO of some corporation is expected to always dress in a nice suit and tie at every major meeting. Judges are expected to judge in complete fairness and honesty. Police are expected to never break the laws they are enforcing on others.

In “lower” levels there are standards for some families. Children of a wealthy or well-known person are usually held to higher standards of living. They are expected to not do certain things that would bring shame to the family. In some parts of the world if a child brings a level of shame to the family name, he is often cut off from the family and disowned.

As Paul is writing this verse, he is in prison for preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. He is telling every believer to live a life that is worthy of the calling.

God has called every believer to live their life as Jesus did and to be His witness to every person, every where. This life is to be a perfect, holy life. You, as a believer, represent God here on this earth. He is the highest authority. There is no greater honor given to anyone than to represent God Himself.

Living your life for Jesus may mean having to be thrown in prison as Paul was. At times it will mean you will go through difficulties and troubles. Yet, while going through this, do you cave in to the world’s way of living? Or are you living as Jesus would?

Are you working at loving everyone, including your enemies? Are you patient with others?

If God were to judge you right now on how you are living your life, where would you stand?

Be willing to pay the price by living a life worthy of your calling. You have been called to eternal life, being a child of God, being His ambassador, and being His witness. What better calling could there be?

Are you living up to that calling?

I pray today that you will know the calling of God in your life; that you will see the value of that calling; that you will live your life for God; and that you will live your life as Jesus did.

Matthew 9:12-13 Calling Sinners

“On hearing this, Jesus said, It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:12-13

Jesus had just called Matthew to follow Him. Matthew was a despised, hated tax-collector. There were very few people lower than him on the social status ladder. Along with calling Matthew, Jesus ate at his house with all of his ‘sinner’ friends. People were amazed.

Even today people in the church get amazed when another believer is doing something with a ‘bad sinner’. How can someone pollute themselves by being around such disgusting people? And, isn’t it possible to get corrupted by those people?

Very quickly Jesus points out that a healthy person does not need a doctor. Nobody goes to the doctor when they are not sick.

Along with that, Jesus quoted Hosea 6:6, is stating that God desires mercy, not sacrifice.

People in the church are very quick to throw stones at sinners in the world. Most sinners do not realize that they are sinners and are dying. They see themselves as a good person living life the best they can.

As a follower of Jesus, you are to have mercy on the lost. Jesus had mercy on you. He did not have to save you, but He did. He could have thrown the books at you and punished you, but He didn’t. Jesus called you.

You also should go out and call sinners to Jesus. In order to call a sinner, you must go where they are. You must spend time with them.

If a stranger suddenly walked up to you and offered you something, would you take it? Most likely not because you do not know or trust the person.

The same thing goes for the sinner. You walk up to him suddenly and offer him Jesus, most likely he will not take it. He needs to know you and realize that he needs Jesus. He needs to know that in reality he is very sick.

Although, you need to be careful in not catching the habits of sinners, you must be willing to go to them to call them to Jesus. Be willing to be a witness. Have mercy on the sinner. Realize he does not know what is really happening. Show the sinner the correct way by living it in front of him and calling him.

I pray today that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to guide you; that God will open doors for you to be His witness to the lost; that God will show you ways to show His mercy to the sinner; that you will show God’s mercy and love, not judgment; and that God will build His kingdom through you.