Today’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 8:1 through Isaiah 11:16
A strong warning from the Lord…
The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does…
How many times have we said as kids or heard as parents, “but everyone else is doing it!”
Our Heavenly Father says to us, YOU ARE NOT EVERYONE!
The Lord got real specific in the things that “everyone” does so that we, His kids absolutely, positively, know what we’re NOT suppose to do.
Can you get the picture of the Lord, God grabbing both of Isaiah’s hands, looking him square in the eyes and saying, whatever you do, don’t do these things:
- Don’t call everything a conspiracy (woe is me! everyone’s against me) like they do
- Don’t live in dread of what frightens them
Do make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life
- He is the one you should fear
- He is the one who should make you tremble
- He will keep you safe
How do we keep from being deceived like “everyone”?
Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict His word are completely in the dark. They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness. –Isaiah 11:20-22
Friends, I am no prophet, but this warning that God spoke to Isaiah has our name on it as well.
We cannot be like everyone else.
I don’t mean we have to look different (but sometimes we need to), I’m talking about a firm faith that believes that God is who He says He is AND He will do what He says He will do! Remember yesterday’s post?
If we have a firm faith we won’t worry out what “everyone” thinks of us and we won’t live in fear like so many do today. And there’s an added benefit…
“Everyone,” the people we come in contact with, will want to know how we live in today’s world with such confidence and peace.
And we will be doing what we are on this earth to do—
Cause others to know Him More!
Blessings in Jesus!
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Isaiah 12:1-6; Isaiah 17:1-14; 2 Chronicles 18:16-21; 2 Kings 16:10-18; 2 Chronicles 28:22-25; 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chronicles 29:1-2; 2 Kings 15:30-31; 2 Kings 17:1-4, Hosea 1:1 through Hosea 2:13