Isaiah 12:2 God Is My Salvation

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

Isaiah had been speaking about how God was going to punish and destroy Judah. The destruction of the nation was going to be great and the people were going to be sent into exile. This destruction was going to last for nearly 2,000 years as a nation.

As with every destruction of a nation, it would be horrible. People would be killed, imprisoned, tortured, enslaved, separated from families, and ridiculed. It would be a war upon the nation, and no war is pretty.

Yet, Isaiah gives praise to God and speaks of God being his salvation. Isaiah knew that in spite of everything that was going to happen, God would be with him and keep him. The ultimate salvation was to be found in Jesus. Jesus would save from the sins for all eternity.

Today there is destruction and war going on all around a person. Economies are failing, disease is rampant, hatred is high, and fear is everywhere. Looking at this world it is difficult to see any hope of a good future.

Believers look on the way their nation is going and are often in fear for their children. In many places, being a Christian is harder now than it was when a person was younger. Violence against Christian belief keeps rising.

Yet, in spite of all that is happening and seen in this world, if you are a believer in Jesus, you can know the salvation He has for you. There is a freedom in knowing that your sins are forgiven and you are in the right standing with God that the world cannot know. There is freedom from fear in knowing that you will live for eternity with God.

You do not have to be afraid of the way things are going in this world. Jesus has already overcome this world when He rose from the dead. No power is greater on this earth than death, yet Jesus conquered death.

Jesus is your strength, defense and salvation. Trust in Him and do not fear this world, despite what is going on around you. In the end you will win!

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your salvation; that you will not fear this world; that you will not fear destruction; and that you will know the hope and salvation you can have in Jesus.

Isaiah 10:12 Pride Over A Fallen Enemy

When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem, he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.” Isaiah 10:12

Judah, the southern nation of the split Israel, had chosen to walk away from God and follow false gods. God chose to punish them by using the king of Assyria to take over the land and crush Jerusalem. The king of Assyria did not follow God in any way and was very harsh in his treatment of the Israelites.

Judah and all the Israelites were an enemy to Assyria, so as the king of Assyria conquered Judah and Jerusalem, he did it with great pride. He considered himself better than the Israelites. God saw his heart and promised that once the punishment of Judah was done, He would punish the king of Assyria for his pride.

Pride over the destruction of an enemy is something that many people have. They like to see the enemy fall. It is especially great pride when the enemy falls at their own hands and power.

The world feels that pride is a good thing. Everyone deserves to be proud when they are able to crush and destroy their enemy.

Yet, God hates pride. Pride looks at self and says that self did it all. The only reason the king of Assyria was able to destroy Jerusalem was because God allowed it to happen. In himself, the king had no real power.

The same is true in your own life. In yourself you have no real power. All of your abilities have been given to you by God. There may come times when God allows you to crush your enemy. When this occurs, it should not be done with great pride.

Jesus said that we are to love our enemies. Having pride in their destruction does not display true love. As a follower of Jesus, you should be weeping over the destruction of your enemy. You should be praying for their souls and redemption.

Jesus redeemed you when you were His enemy. Can you not do the same for your enemies?

Remove pride from your life and allow God to work through you to touch others for Jesus.

I pray today that God will reveal any pride in your heart; that God will strengthen you to remove all pride; that you will remain humble before God; and that God will use you to touch many lives for Jesus.

2 Chronicles 20:17 It Is God’s Battle

“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17

While Jehoshaphat was king of Judah, the Moabites and Ammonites got together to fight against Judah. It was such a large army coming against them, that Jehoshaphat knew they could not fight them. He and all of Judah cried out to God. They gave Him praise for being in control and asked for His help. God’s Spirit came on Jahaziel, and told the people to not be afraid and that they will not have to fight the battle. All they had to do was go out and stand their ground and God would fight the battle.

As a person goes through life, many battles come up. The enemy rises up before him to scare and destroy him. Those in the world, get scared and try to run, or go to others for help. Fear sets in and paralyzes most people. They really do not know what to do.

As a believer, your first action should be like that of Jehoshaphat and the people of Judah, you should go to God for help. Notice that when they went before God, their first words were not help, but they gave praise to God for who He is and what He has already done for them.

When you give God praise and trust Him for who He is and what He has already done, His words are always going to be for you not to be afraid or discouraged, it is His battle. God will guide you in what you are to do. Paul wrote that after putting on the armor of God for battle you are to stand.

Let go of trying to do everything yourself, and trust God to do it through you and for you.

If you are serving God with all of your heart and trusting Him, God will take care of you in the best way possible for you. It may not go exactly as you desire, but it will be done in God’s way and time. Let God take control and win the battles in your life.

I pray today that you will give God praise for all that He has done and who He is; that you will trust God’s word for your life; that you will not fear the battles against you; and that you will let God fight your battles.

2 Chronicles 15:2 The Lord Can Be With You

He went out to meet Asa and said to him, ” Listen to me, Asa and all Judah and Benjamin. The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.” 2 Chronicles 15:2

Asa had become king of Judah and had led all the people back to God. He was staying very faithful to God. Azariah, under the influence of God’s Spirit, told Asa that God was with him as long as he remained with God. God would be found if He is sought out, but God would forsake them if He was forsaken.

People like to believe that God is always with them, and never leave them. There are some that look at the idea that God is everywhere, so God must be with them. Yet, the words of Azariah show something different. It shows that God can be with a person, but if He is not being sought out, He will not be found, nor will He be with that person. The requirement for God to remain with a person is that the person must be seeking Him.

God does not force Himself on a person. He allows each person to make a decision as to whether to follow Him or not. It is in God’s heart that every person would be willing to have a relationship with Him. That is the entire reason God sent His Son Jesus down to this earth to die on a cross–to have a relationship with each person.

Jesus said that He is standing at the door and knocking. He wants to enter into your life and spend time with you. Jesus is a gentleman who will not force His way into your life.

The good thing is that God will not be the first to leave the relationship with you. Jesus said He would be with you until the end of time. Even if you walk away from Him, He will still seek you out and try to draw you back. The difference is if you walk away from Him, you will no longer have His favor on your life.

Are you seeking God with all of your life?

Don’t leave Him, and He won’t leave you.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will not walk away from God; and that you will always seek out God.

1 Kings 14:22-23 Stirring Up God’s Anger

Judah did evil in the eyes of the LORD. By the sins they committed they stirred up his jealous anger more than those who were before them had done. They also set up for themselves high places, sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree. 1 Kings 14:22-23

After Solomon had died, the nation of Israel was split into two nations: Israel to the north, and Judah to the south. Rehoboam, one of Solomon’s sons, became king of Judah and led the people into more sin. On top of just committing many sins, they also set up idols everywhere throughout the land. With all of these sins being done, it had stirred up God’s jealous anger, because He was the only true God and the only One to be worshipped.

In various parts of the world physical idols or statues are still worshipped as gods. In more “modern” countries, such as most of Europe and America, the thought of worshipping an idol is a foreign concept. Most people would reject that idol as strange and ridiculous.

Yet, many people throughout Europe and America worship “idols” daily. Their idols are not seen a physical statues that are called ‘gods’. They worship their jobs, houses, cars, hobbies, positions, family, money, status, and the list goes on forever. People focus all their time and attention on these “idols”.

Even some Christians tend to stray into idol worship at times. They idolize certain speakers, or the physical church building, or their position in the church, and many other things in this life.

Regardless of being Christian or not, all idol worship stirs up God’s anger. He is the only one, true God and wants to be seen and worshipped as that.

As a believer you must take a look at where you spend your time and attention. Is it on God and the things He wants…worshipping Him?

Or is it on the physical things of this world?

Do not let your actions stir up the anger of God in your life.  Worship God and God alone.

I pray today that God will reveal any idols in your life; that you will turn from all idol worship to God; that you will worship God alone; and that your actions will please God.