Isaiah 46:4 God Will Sustain You

Side view of old man

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4 

Fear of being able to make it in the older age is very common among many people. Among the young people, there is very little thought given towards being elderly and survival during that time.

However, those in the forties to fifties begin to think about it more. They begin to worry about their retirement plan, where they will live, how they will take care of things, medical expenses, and more. The world has fear of being older, because they are trying to make it on their own.

Isaiah quotes God as saying He is the one who had formed Israel and will be the one to sustain them. God will carry them through it all and provide the needed salvation.

While people can be wise to prepare for their elder years, it is really God who provides what is needed. Just as fast as a retirement fund can be raised up, it can also crumble overnight to nothing. Man has very little control over the future events. He can only control himself, not outside forces.

In this way people must trust in God. Believers must trust God and follow His leading. God will lead one as to what to do with the money and materials they have, whether to invest or not. God can use a retirement fund to support a person, but He also has a billion other ways to support the person.

God is the one who really provides, not the job or retirement accounts. It is God who brings about salvation of the soul and the body, not self or others.

Each day as you are getting older, learn to put all of your trust and hope in God. Do not put your trust in self or the things and ways of this world. Everything in this world can and will fail at some point. God will never fail.

God is able to meet every need that you have in many different ways. Follow Him and His leading to know what is best for your life. What works for one person, may not work for you. God has His own plan for your life, follow it and you will be sustained when you are old and gray.

I pray today that you will know the salvation of Jesus; that you will see God’s hand of provision; that you will trust God’s provision for your life; and that you will know God’s will for your life. 

Isaiah 38:17 Sickness For A Purpose

Rock near waterfall

Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back. Isaiah 38:7 

Suffering and sickness occur on a regular basis with people all over the entire world. The range of sickness that occurs is extremely wide. Some sickness are of a minor, temporary sort, while others are life-threatening and bring about death.

One of the questions that is commonly asked by most people is why the sickness? Why does one get sick? Why does one recover and another does not? Very rarely does a person look at a sickness or disease as something good or as a benefit.

Hezekiah had followed God faithfully for a time, but then started to walk away from Him. Isaiah comes to him telling him that he will soon die and must get his life in order. After asking for some more time to live, God grants it. Hezekiah realized that the sickness was for his benefit.

There may be times when a sickness is a wakeup call to a person. One can be facing death in the face and has to make a choice as to whom he will serve, self or God.

God has mercy on people and wants everyone to be saved. He may use disasters or sickness to get one’s attention. This is especially true for those who already believe in Him and have been following Him. God can strike a person to get him to get his life in order.

Many people who are facing death suddenly have a different perspective on life. They realize what is really important, and it is not money or positions, but real life. They also begin to realize there is the rest of eternity to deal with.

As a believer, your life should be focused on living for God in every area of your life. This means you will strive to flee sin and be His witness in this world.

Take a look at your life and see how you are doing at truly following God. Does your life show one who loves God from the heart, or one who loves God only in words?

God is giving you a chance today to get your house in order. You may or may not have tomorrow, but you do have today. Don’t make God have to strike you to get your attention. Live for God while you can and receive the gift of eternal life that Jesus promised.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God in every area of your life; that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; and that you will trust God with your life. 

Isaiah 22:12-13 Partying Instead Of Weeping

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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.

Proverbs 14:23 Hard Work Or Just Talk

Honey bee on flower

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23

Talk is easy. People can talk about a lot of things that they will plan to do. Dreams and goals are often talked about and set on a daily basis by millions of people. Grand dreams of changing the world, inventing the newest gadget, starting a business, and much more.

Every new year, people will draw up elaborate lists of goals for the new year. Many times they will go into great detail of what the goal is and how they plan to accomplish it.

Out of all of the goals set, very few will ever be accomplished. Very few people will take the steps needed in order to fulfill the goal that they had set.

Solomon brings out a great truth about hard work and talk. Hard work will often lead to a profit or success, while just talking will bring only poverty.

It will often take hard work and dedication to accomplish a goal. Most goals are not easily accomplished.

It is common for people to seek to gain without the hard work. They want the ‘get rich quick’ method, rather than the slower hard work method. In the process, most of their goals are just talk, leading to nothing.

This can also be found in the life of a believer. Many believers talk about following God and believing in Jesus, yet, that is all it is…talk. Their lives never change. They continue to live the same way, often in sins, and refusing to be a witness.

Although salvation is free, God has work for every believer to do. It sometimes takes hard work to be a witness. It can be hard work to turn away form sin. It can be hard work to pray or read the bible. Yet, doing each of these and following God will bring about a profit of the soul.

Not working for God will bring to a poverty of the spirit and soul, missing what God has for the person.

Do not just allow yourself to talk about being a follower of Jesus, be one. Do the hard work God has called you to do.

Work at turning away from sin, work at being His witness, work at being like Jesus. Do what it takes to build your life into the image of Jesus. As you do your part, God will do His part and bring the reward and increase the efforts effects.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus brings; that you will work to turn from sin against God; that God will give you the strength to be His witness; and that you will not be a follower of Jesus just in words, but in action.

Proverbs 1:10 Don’t Fall For Sinful Fun

Leading away

My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. Proverbs 1:10 

Getting someone to do something is seen everywhere. The largest area it can be seen in is with advertisements. There is a not a spot that a person cannot go that he will not see or hear some type of advertisement for something.

Businesses strive very hard to get people to purchase something, often things that they really don’t need or cannot afford. They make the item or service enticing to make a person feel that they have to have it at all costs.

On a lower scale, people will often ‘advertise’ things or actions to get someone else to follow along. They are also trying to sell something as being good and fun, worth it.

Solomon warns his son that if an evil person tries to entice him into something, that he should not give in to them.

Very often, the things that are being advertised or pushed by a person are not always the best. They usually are things that pull a person away from God or take his focus off of God. It is very common for the actions to step into sinful ways of thinking or acting.

Sinful men will say that pornography, drugs, alternate lifestyles, violence, hate, sex out of marriage and many other things are acceptable and should be done. They push that these things are fun and worth it. Freedom is pushed, making the things look and sound good.

However, they are sinful and deadly. The believer must not in any way give in to the pressure to follow and walk into sin. Enticements like these are temptations to sin against God. Believers are to turn away from sin and flee it, rather than embrace it.

No matter where you go, there will be people who will try to get you to walk in sin. This can happen even inside the church. Some in the church, who are not true believers, will try to get you to accept gossip and lies, backbiting, hatred, and other sins. Flee it.

Wherever you go, there will be temptations to step into sin and accept it. Turn away from it. Do not fall for their words that sin is good and you are free to do what you want.

Instead of falling for the sin, turn to God and worship Him. Seek His strength and help to overcome all temptation. Walk with God, not sinful man.

I pray today that you God will reveal to you those pushing for sinful ways; that you will seek God’s direction to live your life; that God will guide you to turn from all sin; that you will hear God’s Holy Spirit’s guiding your life; and that you will live for God.