Isaiah 33:6 The Sure Foundation

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He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6 

People are always looking for a solid foundation for their lives. They want a secure job, a secure bank account, a secure retirement account, a secure house and much more. They want to know that what they are trusting in will work and not fail.

Many are seeking this foundation in the things and ways of this world. Everything that this world produces in and of itself will fail at some point. Nothing will last forever that is man-made. Empires have risen and fallen, economies have risen and fallen, along with everything else that man has made.

Isaiah is looking forward to a future time with Jesus. He is looking to a time when God will be the sure foundation, the solid foundation that provides salvation, wisdom and knowledge.

Following the ways and things of this world is an unsure foundation. There is no guarantees in this life with this world. Many are living in fear because they do not have a solid foundation in their life, everything is fluid.

The one who follows Jesus has a solid foundation. It is only in Jesus that one will find salvation from the trouble of this world. True wisdom and knowledge is found only in following God with all of one’s heart and life.

Jesus is the only one who can save a person. Putting one’s trust in God alone, will give him a solid foundation in this life and prepare him for the life to come.

The believer will be able to stand on a sure foundation while the rest of the world is in a panic and living in fear and being unsure. He has a hope that the world does not know or understand.

As you put your trust in God, you can know that you have a solid foundation under your feet. You can know that God has forgiven you of your sins. You can know that Jesus is going to return to bring you with Him. You can understand what is going on in this world.

Do not allow yourself to live in fear as the world does. As the world is crumbling around you, stand upon the promises of God, the sure foundation that will withstand the sands of time and eternity.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the salvation God provides; that you will have a solid foundation in Jesus; and that you will live for God with all of your life. 

Isaiah 30:17 Fleeing In Fear

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A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee  away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill. Isaiah 30:17 

Fear is something that can cause a person to run away quickly. People fear something that they do not understand or that can threaten them.

The world does not acknowledge God, so it will flee things out of fear. They do not trust that God is in control and all they see is death ahead of them. Often the fear is over something very little and not really that large of a threat.

Over the years things have risen up that have caused widespread panic around the world. Most often those things did not do that much damage.

Isaiah prophesied against a nation who had chosen to reject God. They had chosen to find their own way of doing things. In doing so, they would flee out of fear very quickly till there was no one left.

Following God means that one will trust in God for everything in their life. God’s great love drives out all fear. However, when a believer chooses to step into sin, he is no longer loving God and begins to fear.

Many believers are running in fear of things that the world is doing, because they are not trusting God through the situation. They are following the beliefs and ways of this world and panicking as the world panics. Listening to the news and the social media, all one will see is trouble and fear driving up the panic.

The believer needs to trust that God is in control of every situation. There is nothing the enemy or the things of this world that can be done to harm him for eternity. There is no reason to run out of fear.

There may be things in your life or around you that seem large and dangerous. The world may be telling you to run in fear because of those things.

You have a choice to make. You can run as the world runs and not trust God. Or you can trust God and keep moving forward, knowing that God is in control of what is occurring.

Do not allow fear to dictate your life, but the word of God. God has promised to take care of you, so do not run as the world runs.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know that God is in control; that you will not fear what the world fears; that you will trust God for everything; and that you will be a witness of God’s great control. 

Proverbs 30:5 Perfect Words

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Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5 

There thousands of manuscripts of different ancient Greek stories or some other foreign writing out in circulation. With each of the translations there are many different differences of opinion as to what was originally said. There are many faults in the what was written.

There are also thousands of books that have been written giving information on how to do something. In most of these books there can be faults as to what was written. It can also be found that many different books deny the ‘facts’ in other books. Truth is hard to come by.

The writer of this proverbs knows that the word of God is perfect with no flaws in it. One can hold on to it and be protected by God.

God has allowed His word to be written down so that people can know what He has said and what He desires. These words that He has said are perfect words that work for every person. God has worked out all of the details in His word to a point of perfection.

Reading and listening to His word gives a person everything that they need to know in how to live on this earth and prepare for eternity. It reveals who God is.

When a person holds onto His word and follows it, God will be a shield around the person. The person is taking up his refuge in God and His word, not in the temporary things of this world.

Having God’s word in one’s life brings about a peace and comfort of His security and love. Without His word, there is no hope in this life, it is eat, live, die.

Throughout your life you will have many situations to deal with. Go to God’s word to seek how to deal with them. Hold on to His promises that He has for you. Know the hope you have in Jesus Christ, knowing that all this life will end some day and you will have eternity in heaven.

You can trust God’s word to you. It will never fail you. God will never fail you. Instead of holding on to the things of this world that will fade away and fail, hold onto His word.

God will hold on to and protect you when you hold to and follow His word for your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s word to you; that you will trust God’s word; that you will know the security in God’s word; and that you will know the truth in God’s word. 

Proverbs 29:25 Snare Or Safe

Trap on beach

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. Proverbs 29:25 

Being concerned what someone else is thinking or can do is a common fear that many people have. They are more worried about what someone may think, then is necessary.

When that fear is high enough, one will be trapped into doing what the other person wants. Some will make poor choices based off of their fear of someone else. The more poor choices are made, the more entangled in a web does the person get.

Living like this does not bring peace or comfort. As time goes along the snare gets tighter and tighter, destroying one’s life.

Solomon had recognized that one cannot fear man without getting trapped in a snare. Yet, he also knew that in order to be safe, all one had to do is trust in God.

People will take advantage of those who fear them. They will make the one who fears do things that is not wanted or desired. Selfishness will rise up and cause the fear to increase in another.

Ultimately destruction will come about. Those feared will keep rising up in power, seizing what they can.

Those who do not fear man, but trust in God will not be trapped in the snare. They will be kept safe. God will open their eyes to see the reality that is around them. They will be able to see the snares that have been placed in front of them and walk a different path.

God does not want His people to walk in fear, but in trust, knowing that He is in control. The path that God leads His people on is one that will build up and not destroy. It is a path that leads them towards eternal life, rather then temporary happiness and death.

There will be people in your life at times who appear to be in control. They will appear to be the one calling the shots in your life. Do not fear them. They are temporary and leading down the wrong path.

Put all of your trust in God, knowing that He is in control. The things that man can do are only temporary and can do no real harm to you.

You have a choice to make as to who you will fear and follow. Do you want a snare that is dangerous or do you want life and safety?

I pray today that you will trust in God; that God will help you to not fear any person; that God will open your eyes to the snares around you; that God will lift you out of any snares you may be in; and that God will keep you safe from any harm.