Isaiah 36:16-17 Don’t Make Deals With The Enemy

“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, until I come and take you to a  land like your own–a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.” Isaiah 36:16-17

The king of Assyria had sent someone to talk to the people of Jerusalem about giving up a fight. He was working on invading the city and the people were holding out. They were asked to surrender and make peace with him, and he would allow them to live in their own land until he could bring them to his land. They were given many promises.

On the surface, the promises that were made sound very good. They were offered free moving to a new land that had grain, wine, bread and vineyards–everything they had and needed. Going with him would mean no battle or war to be fought and no one would die.

Despite the promises, there was nothing good about the move. The land may have all those things, but they would most likely not be able to enjoy them. They would go there as prisoners or slaves.

The enemy still does this type of talk today. The world tries to tell you to follow their ways and you will have life and be able to enjoy it. Wealth, health, and fun is promised if you will just leave what God has told you to do and walk their way.

Movies promise joy in entertainment if you will watch what God calls filth. Drugs and sex are pushed to give you a moment of pleasure. Living in certain lifestyles promises enjoyment. Changing gender, now is a promise of a better life.

Living the ways of the world may provide a short-term pleasure, but in the end it brings captivity and death. The other side of the fence may look good, but it is filled with death.

Who are you trusting in to provide the best life for you?

If you are trusting in God, do not allow the world to sway you to their lies and deception. The world cannot provide better, or even as good of a life as God can. Do not trust this world. Live for God.

I pray today that you will put your trust in God; that you will not be swayed by the promises of the world; that God will reveal all truth to you; and that you will know the provision and blessings God has for you.

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Isaiah 7:4 Keep Calm

Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do  not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood–because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. Isaiah 7:4

While Ahaz was the king of Judah, the nations of Aram and Israel had worked together to try to destroy the city of Jerusalem. Having two nations together against one, made their armies very large and powerful. King Ahaz and all the people were scared and did not know what to do.

Speaking through Isaiah, God told them to not only be careful, but to be calm and not afraid. They were to no longer shake with fear because of the armies coming against them. God describes those two armies as just pieces of smoldering firewood.

Smoldering firewood is not a very large threat. It can break out into flame and cause a lot of damage, but at the same time it can easily and quickly be put out before it bursts into flame. If a fire is smoldering it only takes a little water to put it out. Once a flame is going, it will take a lot more water to put it out.

As you are going through life, there will be times that there will be smoldering firewood in your life. There will be situations that are brewing underneath the surface threatening to burst into flame and destroy your life.

At times these smoldering pieces of firewood may only be one thing, but other times it will be multiple things all at the same time. Bills, health, vehicles, jobs, family, natural disasters, and the list goes on. Usually it is more than one thing happening that puts pressure on you.

God wants you to trust Him in every situation. When you put all of your trust in God, you will be calm and not afraid. There is nothing to fear when God is on your side.

Jesus paid the price for your life and said He would never leave you. Since He did that, you have a reason to be calm in spite of all the threats going on around you in your life. All those threats are just smoldering firewood that God can control and put out, in His time and way.

Trust God today and be calm.

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will not fear any threats in your life; and that God will calm your heart and mind.

Isaiah 3:9-10 It Will Be Ok…For Some

The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:9-10

Isaiah is describing the coming destruction of Jerusalem and Judah. God had chosen to destroy the nation, because they had refused to follow Him. The nation of Judah had chosen to openly sin as much as they could against God. It was open rebellion against God.

The destruction would be great. People would seek for someone to protect them and lead them, but would be unable to find anyone. All supplies would be cut off. No one would have food, clothing or shelter. It would be a time of great disaster, all of which was brought on because of their sin.

As this destruction would occur, there would also be people in the city and the nation who followed God faithfully. Isaiah tells them that it will be well with them, despite what is going on around them. The reason they would be alright is that they had followed and obeyed God. They lived for God.

Times have not really changed anything. Nations have chosen to walk away from God and do their own thing. Sin is being paraded as a good thing in many nations. As this occurs, God is bringing punishment upon the nations. Wars, unrest, sickness, desease, violence, takeovers, and destruction are occurring, because of the sin.

In every nation there is a remnant of believers who are still striving to obey and follow Jesus. They are trying to serve God with their whole life. You may be one of those believers.

As you are watching the world around you begin to crumble, fear may rise up in your heart. Fear of the destruction taking you out also. Fear of feeling the pain of the destruction.

Yet, as a believer in Jesus, you can know that it is well with your soul. In the end you will be ok, because God is on your side. He is with you and will carry you through whatever is going on around you.

In the end, Jesus will bring you home to heaven with Him for eternity, because you chose to follow Him, rather than the world.

Who are you following and trusting today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus; that you will trust God is in control; that God will remove fear of destruction from you; and that you will know God’s peace in your life.

Isaiah 2:22 Stop Trusting In People

Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? Isaiah 2:22

Isaiah was talking about the day of the Lord that is to come. It would be a day when God takes out His wrath upon all mankind for refusing to follow Him. Every person will attempt to flee from His presence and anger, and yet will not be able to do so. As he finishes this chapter, he tells everyone to stop believing in mere humans.

People like to trust other people all the time. There is a certain amount of trust that everyone has. One trusts that the other driver will stay on his side of the road. One trusts that the cook in a restaurant will cook the food safely.

Others will put greater trust in people, such as trusting those in government positions to fix various problems in society. Trusting that the police force will be able to stop all crime from occurring. Trusting that the economy will get better. Trusting in their job to provide all their needed finances. The list for trust goes on infinitely.

The problem with all of this trust is that it is all in mere humans. Humans can do some things, but they are not really in full control of anything, but their own personal thoughts and actions. And even those things are being led by the devil.

People try to do good, but are often caught up in selfish motives, which in turn bring about the wrong choices. They can only see in the immediate, they cannot see the future or into the hearts of others. These are things that only God can do.

God is the only one who is truly in control. Regardless of how bad things turn out, God can work it out for your good. He can turn any situation around in a moment.

You must put all of your trust in God. Trust that God will guide the other person driving down the road. Trust that God will provide for your needs when a bad situation occurs. Trust that it is God is providing the abundant blessings in your life.

Man is just vapor in light of eternity. Who will you trust today? Man or God?

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will trust Him with all of your life; that you will not put all your trust in man; and that you will live your life for God.

Proverbs 30:8-9 Truth And Contentment

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

Agur makes two requests of God to be granted. The first is very understandable and many will ask of it also: to be kept from falsehood and lies. Many understand this and do not want to be in lies. Telling lies gets a person on a slippery downward slope that is difficult to get back up. The farther from the edge of that slope a person is the better off he is.

The other request is to have neither poverty nor wealth. Many struggle with this one, because most people want wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth, in and of itself. The problem comes in that when a person gets wealthy, he will usually forget about God. The reliance on God will go away.

It will cause many people to stop relying on God for their provision and rely on their own works.

Along side of not wanting extreme wealth, Agur does not want to be extremely poor. He fears that he will end up stealing to survive, which dishonors God.

His request is to have just enough for his daily bread.

The challenge with having just enough for your daily bread, is that you cannot directly see what there will be for tomorrow. It is a walk of faith, not by sight. It is trusting that God will meet all of your needs from day-to-day. It is not worrying about tomorrow.

This can be a scary journey, if you do not realize who God is, how much He loves you, and how much He can do. God is the master of the universe, He loves you with an undying, perfect and eternal love, and He is all-powerful and can do anything needed.

How is your trust in God today?

Are you trying to get rich, to provide for yourself?

Are you stealing to provide for yourself?

Or are you trusting God to provide just what you need, when you need it?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s provision for you; that you will trust God for day-to-day needs; and that you will not try to do everything on your own.

Psalm 142:1-2 Where To Bring Complaints

I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. Psalm 142:1-2

People like to complain about many different things. They complain about their work, their health, their spouses, their children, their co-workers, the weather, and the list goes on. Some people love to complain so much that it appears as if they are unhappy with everything in life.

Complaining constantly often will drive friends away. People do not like to hear about other people’s complaints. They only want to hear the good news.

Life does have its challenges and problems. It is not that one life is better or worse than another, but all have separate challenges.

David was going through an extremely difficult time. He had done nothing wrong and Saul was chasing him to kill him. He was being hunted like a criminal. At the time he wrote this psalm he was in a cave hiding from Saul. Instead of crying out to people about his problems, he brought them before God.

Think about his problem: he had been told by God that he would be the next king of Israel, and now the current king was seeking to kill him. Many people would be calling attorneys to fight for their right to be the king. They would complain to their friends about their vision and problem. Yet, he did none of this. David called out to God.

God is there to hear every complaint that you may have. He will listen with a patient ear. After hearing of your complaint, if you allow Him too, He will also give you His Holy Spirit to comfort you and guide you on the journey you are on.

Jesus had promised that you would have troubles in this life, but He also promised that He would be with you through them.

Instead of complaining to people in this world, who really cannot do anything for you, talk to God. Let Him know your feelings and thoughts. Then trust His Spirit in guiding you and giving you strength to continue forward in life.

In the end, David did become king. In the end, if you do not give up, you will win the battle in this life.

Who are you complaining to?

Who are you trusting in?

I pray today that you will bring all your cares to God; that you will not be known as a complainer; that you will speak words of hope and trust in God; and that God will strengthen and guide you in the troubles you are going through.

Psalm 139:23-24 Ask God To Search Your Heart

Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

Very few people really like their inner thoughts to be known by other people. Most, if they are honest, probably have thoughts in their hearts that would not look good to others if they saw them.

The inner thoughts of a person can be hidden from people because they cannot fully see into the heart and mind of another person. Thoughts of hatred, jealousy, anger, frustration, fear, and other thoughts often sit hidden inside the heart and mind of a person. Some very gentle appearing people have some deep-seated hatred for others hidden in their heart.

These types of hidden thoughts also sit inside the heart of believers in a church. A person wants to look good to others  in the church, so he keeps those thoughts buried. Most people agree that these thoughts are bad and sinful.

However, one type of thought that David wanted God to search for was his anxious thoughts. Being anxious about something is to be worried about something. When a person is worrying about something, he is not trusting God, which is an offensive way to Him. When he is not trusting God, he is saying that God is not good and perfect. He is not allowing God to be on the throne of his life or of this world.

Most believers know that when they sin, they are wrong. Many do not see worry as a sin, it is seen as just a natural part of a man’s life. God does not see it that way. Worry is to not trust in Him.

Think about your life and how many times you worry or fear something. If you are like most people, myself included, that is a lot. There may even be times where you are worrying and not even realize that you are doing so. There may be times when you are not trusting God and not fully realize it.

Ask God to search your heart and mind. He can spot where there is worry and fear in your heart. He can also give you the peace needed to overcome that worry.  Do not allow an offensive way to be found in your heart. Allow Jesus to remove it today.

I pray today that you will trust God with all of your heart; that you will not worry about anything; that you will allow God to search your heart for any sinful thoughts; and that you will allow Jesus to purify you from all sinful ways.