Isaiah 28-29, Acts 23:12-35
I am really loving reading through Paul’s story. The way he reacts to things and relies on the Lord gives me a great model to follow throughout my day
13And the Lord said:
“Because this people draw near with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
while their hearts are far from me,
and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,
14therefore, behold, I will again
do wonderful things with this people,
with wonder upon wonder;
and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish,
and the discernment of their discerning men shall be hidden.”
It isn’t enough just to say that we are Christians. If our hearts aren’t changed by God’s word, nothing matters!
16therefore thus says the Lord God,
“Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion,
a stone, a tested stone,
a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation:
‘Whoever believes will not be in haste.’
Amen! What a sure foundation is Christ our Lord.
13The Lord said:
These people approach me with their speeches
to honor me with lip-service —
yet their hearts are far from me,
and human rules direct their worship of me.
14Therefore, I will again confound these people
with wonder after wonder.
The wisdom of their wise will vanish,
and the perception of their perceptive will be hidden.
It’s easy to take this verse and apply it to others and say, “God is showing you, why can’t you see?” I’m challenged today to reflect this back on me…
So much of today’s reading from Isaiah points to Jesus ❤️ I am so looking forward to the day when all the ears will hear and all they yes will see the glory and wonder of the Lord.
And then seeing the bravery of Paul’s nephew, speaking up about the plot to kill Paul. I can’t imagine it would be easy to try to speak out against 40 people who literally vowed to do wrong. (Not even looking at the fact that the number 40 has significant meaning throughout the Bible)
To me, in a real life application, it shows that present and using people in our lives to help us out in ways we ourselves may not even know are happening, and that He is looking out for us, even when our current situation may not be most glamorous. It also makes me think that we should try to emulate Paul’s nephew as well. If we see/hear something that we know is wrong, we should speak up.
28 Grain for bread is crushed,
Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever.
Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually damage it,
He does not thresh it longer.
To thresh means to separate. And when Isaiah reads that he does not continue to thresh the grain so as to not damage it, that speaks to me. How often do I thresh my sin, meaning separate it to the point that I no longer see how God wants to heal me instead of damage me. So often I will perpetuate this guilt from sin when God has already separated my sin from my soul. He has forgiven me and poured grace over me. He desires nothing but union with me, not separation. Lord allow me to rise in the same manner bread rises when baked so that I might be filled with your love and grace.
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