Isaiah 31:6 Return To God

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Return, you Israelites, to the One you have so greatly revolted against. Isaiah 31:6 

The greatest thing that most people like to follow is self or other people. They believe that man is the greatest thing there is and is in complete control of everything. 

With following self or other men, rejection of God occurs on a regular basis world wide. Many will never choose God in the first place. Other gods or no god will be chosen by many. People want to live the way they want to live and not be guided by God.

Living in this way is seen because of sin in the lives and heart’s of men. They are blinded to the real truth. Others live this way, because they have never been shown the truth.

In today’s passage, there is a call to the Israelites to return to God. They had chosen to reject God and rely upon others.

While the majority of the world is blind, there are many who chosen to follow God, yet have still rejected Him after choosing to follow Him. There are many believers who have chosen to purposely live in a sinful lifestyle, rejecting God. They have chosen to follow the ways of man, rather than those of God.

All this occurs while claiming to believe in God. This is a sign that the people have turned away from God and rejected Him, just as the Israelites had done. They claimed to still be God’s people, but in the same breath rejected Him following others.

Every believer needs to make the choice in his heart to only follow God. They are to turn away from sin and run after God. Instead of rejecting and fighting against God, they are to live for Him, following His rules and ways of living.

Every day you are alive on this earth, you will have a choice to make. It will be the choice of who you will follow. The world will tell you to follow others and your own heart, that you can be who want to be and live like you want to live.

Living this way is living in revolt against God. It is rejecting God and His plan for your life.

Choose in your heart to live for God every day. Live in a way that is pleasing to God. He has the best plan for your life, do not reject it. As long as you have breath, you have a chance to return to God and live for Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live for God every day; that you will not reject God’s plan for you; and that you will not revolt against God by choosing to follow self or others. 

Psalm 60:1 God Does Get Angry

Lightning and lighthouse

You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry–now restore us! Psalm 60:1 

Some people appear to never get angry. It seems as though they have perfect patience in every situation and that nothing will ruffle their feathers. Most people enjoy being around someone like this.

Others appear to always be angry. Every time a person just looks at them or says something, they get angry. Nothing can make them happy. These types of people are often avoided at all costs.

People do not like to be rejected or have someone angry with them. Sometimes it cannot be avoided, but most will strive to avoid causing conflict.

David had realized that God had been angry with His people. God had rejected them for a time, but now David was asking God to restore them.

It is common for people to act like God never gets angry, that He is always happy and just full of love. While it is true God is full of love, He does get upset with the choices that people make.

When a person chooses to walk in sinful ways and refuse to repent, God is not happy. When that person does all of this and still claims to believe in and live for God, He begins to get angry.

Although God gets angry, it is a controlled anger. He allows things to happen and consequences of those sins to come into the person’s life. These happen to draw the person back to Him.

God is waiting and ready to forgive and restore, as soon as the person is ready to be restored. He does not get angry quickly and He does not stay angry. As soon as the person turns towards Him, His anger subsides and He begins the restoration process.

If you are living in some sin, purposefully sinning, turn back to God. He is waiting there for you to return so that He can forgive you and restore you. He has a plan for your life and it is not one that He has planned in anger.

As you live in sin, you will not know the joy and peace of God. You will only feel His anger and lose His favor. Yet, God will take you back in an instant and restore you. His anger will go away immediately.

Living for God will bring you God’s great favor and building in your life. Are you allowing Him to restore and build you?

I pray today that you will turn to God from all sin; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; that you will know the love God has for you; and that you will not live in a way that brings about God’s anger upon you.

Hebrews 3:15 Do Not Harden Your Heart

 

Hardened heart

As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” Hebrews 3:15

People will often harden their skin in order to be able to do more things without as much pain. In the martial arts there are some who will strike their fists into sand in order to harden the skin on their hands. This allows them to hit something harder, such as a brick, without feeling as much pain or getting hurt. In this type of hardening, it can be a good thing to do.

However, along with hardening their hands or other parts of the body, there are many who will harden their hearts or minds. Many people have hardened their hearts against someone because they had been hurt by that person. They refuse to talk or be with a family member, because of a past hurt. They have hardened their heart.

Hardening of any type, does not occur instantly. It is a slow, built up process that takes time and effort to occur. Hardening the heart or mind against someone also takes time.

One thing that many people have hardened their hearts to is God. They refuse to listen to Him and do what He says. Some have hardened and never come to hearing God’s voice in their lives. Others have believed, but hardened against Him.

This is seen in a believer who begins to purposefully live in sinful ways, refusing to repent anymore. It is seen in a believer who refuses to do what God is calling Him to do.

This type of hardening usually occurs slowly over time. They start out sinning a little. They feel God’s tug on their hearts, but ignore it and keep on sinning more and more, refusing to listen to and obey God.

Eventually, they no longer hear God at all. Their heart is hardened against hearing Him.

The writer of Hebrews repeats the words of Moses saying do not harden your heart. Take a look at your life. How well are you hearing the voice of God in your life?

As you hear Him say not to do things or to do something, how well are you following those instructions?

Do not allow your heart to get hard against hearing God. Be willing to always listen and obey God in every situation. God is always speaking. Are you listening?

I pray today that you will know God’s voice; that you will obey what God says; that you will keep your heart soft and open to God; and that you will never turn away from God. 

John 20:21 Not Judgment, But Peace

Lion and Lamb

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

After Jesus had risen from the dead, He began to show Himself to different people. The disciples were in a locked room when Jesus first appeared to them. They were scared, but His first words to them were to be at peace. Then He sends them out to do a work for God.

When a person is going through a difficult time, the last thing he wants is for all of his friends to reject him, or walk away. He needs the help and support of his friends.

While some get the needed support, many have a lot of friends who walk away. They do not support. This is especially true if the situation is very negative.

Very often when a person is accused of a major crime and sentenced to prison, most of his friends reject him. They do not understand how he could have done such a crime. Many people do not want to be associated with someone who has committed a major crime.

People who have been abandoned by another person in great time of need, will often come back later with accusations against that person. He will be angry for being rejected and left alone to suffer.

Jesus did not do that with the disciples. Every disciple had abandoned Him as He was being accused, beaten and crucified.

Later when Jesus rose from the dead and met with them, the first thing He told them was to be at peace. He was not angry with them for abandoning Him. Jesus forgave them and gave each one a chance to start over. There was no accusation or blaming done at all. They were forgiven.

You may have had a friend who has hurt you or abandoned you in your time of need. Instead of throwing accusations and judgment upon him, forgive him and make peace with him.

There may also be times you have let God down and abandoned Him. Allow Jesus to forgive you and make peace with Him. He is there to bring peace, not condemnation and judgment.

God wants you to have peace in your life with Him. Do not be afraid to meet with God after making a mistake and sinning. He is there to forgive you and restore the peace.

I pray today that you will know the peace Jesus brings; that you will go to God when you make a mistake and sin against Him; that you will not fear approaching God; and that you will make peace with those who have done wrong to you.