February 1, 2019
DAY 34: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Focus Verses: Isaiah 25:6-8, Isaiah 26:19
Take a moment to read Isaiah 23-28, asking God in prayer to help you understand what He is saying to us in these chapters of our journey through Isaiah.
Chapters 23 - 28, of the Book of Isaiah contain several prophecies of the destruction of God’s creation, the earth, and its inhabitants, by God - its creator. These chapters repeatedly tell us that God hates pride. They also tell us of God’s love for the righteousness. The righteous may feel forgotten by God, but their faithfulness will be rewarded.
Take a few minutes and pray for God’s guidance as we journey through the sin of pride. What do you think pride is? Is it forgetting to thank God for the skills He has granted you to accomplish whatever task in which you succeed on His created planet? Is it telling a homeless beggar, he/she is God’s creation too, to get a job as they extend a hand for loose change as you pass by? Stop being lazy! Get a job! Did you say it? Did you think it? Whether spoken or thought, it all weighs the same to God. Where does pride stop? Where does satisfaction in a job well done fit in?
As we contemplate what pride is, we should weigh ourselves against our definitions. Do we live prideful lives? Be honest now! No excuses! This is an exercise in personal growth! This is a painting, a self portrait, of you! This is how God relates to you! Now is not the time to deceive yourself. This can be an exercise leading to growth or denial. It is totally up to you.
Our focus verses for today are:
On this mountain the Lord Almighty will prepare
a feast of rich food for all peoples,
a banquet of aged wine—
the best of meats and the finest of wines.
7On this mountain he will destroy
the shroud that enfolds all peoples,
the sheet that covers all nations;
8he will swallow up death forever.
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears
from all faces;
he will remove his people’s disgrace
from all the earth.
The Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 25:6-8, NIV)
But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead. (Isaiah 26:9, NIV)
Our focus verses for today share what is in store for the righteous. In chapter 26, we learn that death has no hold over them. They return from their graves to live eternally in a perfect world (chapter 25) when God returns to reign over His universe.
What does it mean to be righteous? James describes believing the Word without living the Word falls short of righteousness in God’s eyes. Are you living a prideful life? Isn’t it time to exchange it for a righteous life? Ask God to direct your steps. Ask Him sincerely! He will!
Return to Isaiah 23-28, and read it once more. Is your life gaining you a share of everlasting destruction? Is your life gaining you a share of everlasting joy with God? You have free will! God gave it to you! It is time for you to decide to allow Him to guide you to a life of righteousness. Godspeace!
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