Isaiah 13:9 See What Is Coming

wildfire destruction

See, the day of the Lord is coming–a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger–to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. Isaiah 13:9 

Danger can sometimes be seen coming. People can often see signs that something bad is about to happen. Very often meteorologists can predict a hurricane or some other bad storm coming up. They give warning to the people that it will be bad and destructive.

When this occurs, many people will take steps to protect themselves from the danger coming. Others will ignore it and take their chances.

In the end sometimes the meteorologists is wrong and nothing major occurs. Other times the disaster hits and many people are harmed because of the great destruction caused and refusing to not heed the warnings.

Isaiah had a prophecy against Babylon about God’s wrath getting ready to come upon them. It would be a day of destruction and all sinners would be destroyed.

Babylon was later destroyed by God, but His day of wrath is still yet to come upon the rest of the world. Although it appears as if the world is getting away with sinning, there will come a day of judgement. Every sinner will have to pay a price, and that price is death and destruction.

God is patient in waiting for that day of destruction to come because He wants everyone to be saved. He does not really want to destroy everyone, but will if they refuse to follow Jesus.

What does this mean to the believer? It means that he must be willing to go out and be His witness to this world. He needs to tell every unbeliever about Jesus and compel them to follow Him.

Too often believers just condemn the unbeliever or ignore them. There is coming destruction, so this must not happen. God is a God of love and so every believer should love those who are lost and headed for destruction.

As a believer, you also must be willing to share the gospel message with everyone. Open your spiritual eyes and see the destruction that is coming. God’s day of wrath is still yet to come upon this earth.

Allow yourself to see every person as loved by God, yet about to be destroyed because they do not know the truth. Go out and tell them about Jesus and what is about to happen. Every day is getting closer to destruction and death. Don’t waste a minute.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see people with God’s eyes of love; that God will reveal to you the destruction that is coming; and that you will be His witness to this world about Jesus. 

Proverbs 17:14 Causing A Flood

Flooding dam

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Proverbs 17:14 

Being right is the goal of most people. They do not want to be wrong in what they say or do. In desiring this, many will fight for their right to be right and the other person to be wrong.

Although most people call these types of things discussions or setting someone right, it is often a quarrel. It is fighting against what someone else is saying or doing.

In most every case there is usually one who is partially right and one who is partially wrong. Neither one is perfectly right or wrong in most cases. Yet, both will fight for the way.

Solomon states that starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam. When a dam is breached, the water comes flowing out in a flood destroying everything in its path.

Quarrels often start with light talk, but quickly escalate into fights, sometimes just verbal, sometimes physical. They quarrels can last for years destroying marriages, families, friendships, businesses, and much more.

Believers are also known to start many quarrels. They will argue and fight with unbelievers for what they believe or do not believe. Not only do they quarrel with unbelievers, but will do so with other believers in the church. Quarreling over what music to worship to, how long the service should be, and much more.

Quarreling with a person does not show love, but hatred. It is selfish and demanding that self is right and the other person is wrong. It will open the floodgates of the dam and destroy everything.

Jesus never quarreled with people. He did not argue or even discuss. He made a statement and left it there, His words were just the facts and nothing more. He also loved everyone.

Opportunities to quarrel will often show up in your life. You will have a choice as to what you will do with those opportunities. As a follower of Jesus, you are to be like Him in every way. Do not quarrel. Don’t give into the selfish desires to be right every time.

Know who you are in Jesus and stand on that, but do not demand it of others. Stop the quarreling and mend the relationship before the dam breaks and destroys your life and the lives of many others. Let the argument go and love instead.

I pray today that you will know the love of God for others; that you will know who you are in Jesus; that God will give you the words to speak; that God will help you remove all selfishness;  and that God will guide you to build relationships, not destroy lives. 

Psalm 102:25-26 This World Is Temporary, God Is Not

Footprint in the sand

In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Psalm 102:25-26 

Over time a person can watch the changing of the earth in small ways. Rivers wear down the banks, making it wider. Small hills are leveled down from erosion. Cliffs break off into the sea.

These are minute changes that can be physically seen within the lifetime of a person. Scientists often claim that the world will have to come to an end some day. While their reasoning may be off, the fact that the world will come to an end some day is true.

Just like the earth, people also will come to a physical end some day. The body wears down and eventually dies.

The author of this psalm recognizes that everything God has made will wear out and perish, but God will remain. God does not change, nor does He come to an end. He will remain for eternity.

Many people fear the end of the earth and death. They do not know what is next. God has provided for what is next. Sending Jesus, He provides a way to have life after the physical death on this earth.

Knowing that God remains forever can bring peace to the heart and mind of a person who believes in Him. God has provided for a way to man to live forever also. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, every person can live for eternity, long after the destruction of this world.

God does not change as this earth does. He does not wear down and die off, He remains for eternity. This can give the believer a hope, despite the wearing down of this world.

Instead of fighting for things of this earth, that will wear down and fade away, you can live for God and aim for things that last for eternity. Seek His perfect love in your life. Love will never fade away or die off, it is eternal.

See to bring others to Jesus by being His witness. Their souls are eternal and need eternal life in them. Do not focus or fear the temporary things of this earth. Everything temporary will fade away soon.

Put all of your trust in God and not this earth. In the end you will have eternal life beyond this earth.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the life God has for you; that God will remove the fear of temporary things on this earth; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.

Psalm 46:1-3 No Fear, Help Is Here

Florida hurricane

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3 

Physical storms occur in this life on this earth all the time. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, and more. Each one is large and can be extremely devastating. Most people will fear these storms because of the disaster that they can bring.

There are also non-physical storms that occur in the lives of people all the time. Divorce, violence, loss of health, death, rejections, hatred, and more. Each of these are just as devastating as a physical storm can be. And in the same way, many people fear these storms of life.

The sons of Korah remind the people that God is their refuge and strength and is always there to help. Since God is always there to help, no one has to be afraid in any storm.

When a believer has his eyes and mind focused on God, he begins to know who God is and what God is like. He learns the character of God is love, perfect love. He also learns that God is in control at all times.

Knowing this helps a person realize that nothing can happen that is outside of His will and desire. And God does not allow anything to happen that is not for the best interest of the believer.

In having this knowledge, one can have zero fear in the midst of a storm. There is no storm so big that God cannot bring a person through it. Jesus calmed the storm on the lake with just three simple words. He can do more in the life of a believer.

God is there to help you at all times. He is never so busy that He cannot help you out while you are in a storm.

Get to know God’s great love for you and realize that He is really in control of everything. With knowing these two things, you will have no reason to fear when your world comes crumbling down around you in a hurricane.

There is absolutely no reason to fear, because God’s got this. He is there for you, to build you up, not destroy you.

Hold on to God, trusting Him and see what He can and will do in the storms in your life.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God is there to help you; and that you will trust God in every storm.