Isaiah 57:1-2 A Reason To Be Removed

The righteous perish, and no one take it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest as they lie in death. Isaiah 57:1-2

Death is something that most people have been around at least once or more times in their life. The older a person is, the more that he has seen death. As it occurs, often the question is asked, why?

Death is very hard on those who are still living. Those living are hurting from missing the loved one. Many go through struggles as to why the person had to die, especially when the person was very young, and maybe in great health.

It is even more difficult to see a person die young, who was a strong believer in Jesus and very active in being a witness. Looking at that person, others ask why God would remove that person because he was doing great work for God.

Although the reasons that God takes the life of a believer are as numerous as the stars in the sky and no one can fully understand the reason, Isaiah gives one good reason. That reason is to spare that person from evil, to give him rest and peace.

God knows the past, present and future of every person on this earth. He knows exactly what is going to happen to that person. As a human being, you do not know those things. you do not know how rough life will get for a person if he stays alive, but God does. God in His great wisdom and mercy will take the life of a person in order to spare them from a great evil.

Although as a human, you will miss the person, keep in mind where a dying believer will be when he dies. When a believer dies, he gets to go to Jesus and be at peace and rest for the rest of eternity. He steps into a world that is without pain, suffering or any evil.

As hard as it is to let someone go, let God’s wisdom prevail and let that person have the peace and rest God provides. Keeping a person here on this earth may be worse than the pain you are feeling in losing him. Trust God today and seek His peace and strength in your loss.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that God will comfort any loss in your life; that you will know the joy of others going to heaven; and that God presence will be strong in your life.

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Isaiah 52:7 Proclaim The Good News

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7

People love to hear good news. A couple gets excited when they find out they are expecting their first child. A student loves to hear that he passed a difficult test. Fans get excited to hear their favorite team is going to the Superbowl. Voters love to hear that the person they voted for won the election. Soldiers and people love to hear that there is a peace agreement between two warring nations.

Good news is always great to hear, especially in a time when there is a lot of bad news going on all around. Turn on any news channel and one will probably hear ten bad things occurring for every one good thing.

Even in one’s own personal life, one can find a lot of negative things to talk about, if so desired. So hearing good news is what people desire.

Believers have some good news to tell, in fact, it is the best news of all time. The one thing that no person can overcome is death. It is a fact that every person will die. So telling some news that death can be overcome is the greatest news story of all time.

Death is overcome because God does reign. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, there was a peace agreement made between man and God. Salvation was purchased by the blood of Jesus for every person who believes.

As a believer you are the carrier of this great news. You are the messenger of the greatest news of all time. When you are walking through a store and see someone who looks like they could use some good news, tell him that God does reign and loves him and has salvation for him today. Be willing to proclaim that great news out loud to everyone you meet.

In a day where there is so much negative news happening, why won’t you go and tell someone the greatest news of all time? It may be the news someone is waiting to hear and needs to hear. In their eyes you will be beautiful with that great news.

I pray today that you will know the salvation God provides; that you will know that God reigns; that you will be bold in telling others about Jesus; and that you will proclaim to this world that God does reign. 

Isaiah 48:18 Never Ending Peace

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:18

God was getting ready to free the Israelites from the bondage in Babylon. During the time of the bondage, they did not have any peace in their lives. God reminds them that the reason they had no peace was because they had chosen to disregard His commands. If they would have obeyed His commands their peace would have been like a river.

Rivers are a beautiful thing to watch and be near. Some rivers have fast flowing water, while others are slow-moving. In either case, the water is still moving and changing all the time. As it flows, the water moves the bad stuff out, while bring in fresh clean water.

Looking closely at a river, one will usually see a lot of life in it and around it. Fish will be swimming in the water. Animals will be near it to drink of its refreshing water. Trees and other plants will surround the edges.

All of these things show peace and harmony on the river. People go to rivers for this peace.

Many are looking for peace in this world. There are even believers who sometimes wonder where the peace of God is in their own lives.

Knowing and obeying God’s commands will bring about that same peace and harmony. Not following God’s commands is sinning against Him. When there is sin in your life, there is a separation between you and God. When there is separation, you will not have the peace that He is wanting to provide you.

Think about times when you know you are doing God’s will, when you feel you are in the presence of God. What do you feel? You feel His peace and love all around you, regardless of what is going on around you.

If you do not feel that peace of God, examine your life. Are you obeying His commands? Or are you doing your own thing?

Your past is already done, but you can change what your future looks like. Follow God and obey Him to bring His peace to your future on this earth. His peace is never ending like the water flowing in a river, and is always cleansing and bringing life to those it touches.

I pray today that you will know God’s commands for your life; that you will obey all God tells you; that you will know God’s peace in your life; and that God’s peace will bring you the life you need.

Psalm 133:1 Living In Unity

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Most people in the world are living at odds with each other. Each person wants to do things his own way. Each person wants to have everything work out in the way that works best for himself.

When this way of living occurs, there comes discord and fighting. No one is looking out for the other person, but his own personal interest.

The church often has the same problem as the world does. Each person in the church is trying to have everything run his own way. This creates disunity and discord also.

Think about a car engine and how it runs. If each piston chose to run on its own timing, the engine would not run at all. They have to run together in order for the car to run correctly and do its job.

Living together in unity brings about peace and strength. God is not a god of division but of love and peace and unity.  Remember that although He is the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, God is still One in unity.

The only people who can truly call themselves Christian, are those who believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the atonement of their sins. Any person who does believe this, becomes a member of God’s family and should live in unity with all others who believe with him.

There may be many differences between the way different believers worship, pray, preach, witness, and live life, but everyone has the belief in Jesus. That is the only thing that affects salvation directly. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus.

As believers begin to live in unity with the focus on Jesus and not on all the little side petty details, there will be peace and unity.

As a believer, strive to live in unity with all other believers. There will be believers who get into heaven from every denomination from around the world, you will not be the only one in heaven, otherwise it would be very lonely there.

It is good when people in unity and keep from fighting each other.

How are you working at keeping unity with other believers in your church?

Community?

Workplace?

I pray today that you will live with God at the center of your life; that you will love others as God loves them; that you will live in the unity of God with others; that you will know the peace of unity with other believers.

Psalm 120:7 Seeking Peace, Finding War

I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war. Psalm 120:7

All over the world most people desire to have peace instead of war. Battles are being fought daily in many different nations. People fight others for many different reasons, even though there are many who would love to have peace.

Believers should be seeking peace also, even though they are in the midst of a battle for their lives. The peace that should be sought out, is not the peace that the world thinks of. This peace is the peace that comes between them and God. It is an inner peace that overcomes everything.

As the believer seeks to present that peace to those in the world, the devil rises up in opposition and seeks to make war with him. The peace that the believer is trying to make is peace between God and man. The world does not accept God and does not want that type of peace. This is where the war is brought about.

In order for a believer to present God’s type of peace, he must show love, compassion, and mercy to those in the world. Not every believer shows these attributes of God to the world.

It is common to hear Christians bashing non-believers, condemning them to hell, and showing hatred. The words that many speak are not the true words of God. Yes, God hates the sin, but He does love the sinner.

As Jesus walked on the earth, He spoke of the peace of God and showed love, mercy and compassion. Yet, the world made war with Him and crucified Him. You will have it no differently.

As you go through your days, you need to be showing the world the peace that God can and will offer. Show the peace that comes through knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. While there will be some who will accept the message you bring, there will be some who will make war with you.

Do not give up when there is war against you. Put on the armor of God and stand your ground, not seeking to fight and condemn, but fight to show God’s true love to this fallen world. You are in a battle for your soul and the souls of other people.

Are you seeking peace?

Or just seeking to fight in a war?

I pray today that you will know the peace of God; that you will present God’s peace to the world; that God will strengthen you in the battles that will come; and that you will be an example of God’s love to the world.

Psalm 73:2-3 Wanting What Others Have

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:2-3

One thing that is very difficult for many people is watching others prosper and succeed. This becomes especially true when the method of prosperity is done in a very bad way.

The majority in the world do not think anything of being envious of someone else. It is looked as part of the human nature to desire and really want what someone else has. Commercials are geared to bring out that envy in a person. They strive to get a person to want something someone else has so bad that they will do anything they can to get it.

As believers, the view should be different. Asaph, the writer of this psalm, writes that he almost slipped in envy. Envy is another word for coveting, which God said that His people were not to ever do.

There are times when a believer can look at someone in the world and be envious of what that person has or can do. Watching someone go on vacations around the world, drive fancy cars, eat out at fancy restaurants, and have big bank accounts can bring about envy in a person. Believers often struggle with this, when the person is very prosperous with sinful activities. Many will question God as to why that happens.

Some in the church will also be filled with envy for another person’s abilities or position in the church.

You should look at what God has given you in Jesus Christ. You have life for all eternity. The world may have all the fancy cars and houses with big bank accounts, but they will never have the peace and life that Jesus provides. They only have today and tomorrow will be death for them for eternity.

Do not look at their wealth and desire it. Do not allow your feet to slip into the sin of envy. Look at God and the wealth of life that He provides. God provides more blessings than anything in this world can ever provide.

What do you desire today?

More of God?

Or more of this world?

I pray today that you will see all that God has given you; that you will not desire the things of this world; that you will be a witness of what Jesus has given; and that you will know the blessings of God.

Psalm 63:5 Fully Satisfied

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you. Psalm 63:5

Everyone loves to eat, especially when it is good food. Each person has his own favorite food, that food that is considered worth dying for. For some people is a large steak, or Chinese food, or a hamburger, or some type of salad, or a desert. It is that food that a person will eat no matter how full he is, or how bad it is for them. Then after eating it, he will rave about it to everyone. They are fully satisfied with the food.

David is talking about enjoying God as much as many people enjoy those certain foods. When he spent time with God, he was completely satisfied and did not need anything more from anyone or anywhere else.

Most people are looking for satisfaction in things of this world. They try out different foods, entertainments, jobs, houses, drugs, spouses, and the list goes on. All of these things are temporary and cannot give complete satisfaction. They wear out, break down, and leave.

Only God can give complete satisfaction for a man’s soul. The only way a person can know that satisfaction is trying God out. Getting into God’s word and hiding it in the heart will help a person get to know God more. Spending time praying to and listening to God will go a long way in knowing God.

The more you get to know God, the more you will want to know about God. The more time you spend with Him, the more time you will want to spend with Him.

As you get to know God and spend time with Him, you will realize that you can be fully satisfied with Him. He will meet your every need and longing. Only God can bring peace and comfort in pain. Only God can bring companionship in loneliness.

As He does these things for you, give Him praise. Sing out loud the praises of God. Tell others what God is doing for you. Let the world know the satisfaction that God brings to you.

Who or what fully satisfies you today?

I pray today that you will know God more; that you will find complete satisfaction in knowing God; that you will sing praises to God; and that you will tell others of Jesus.