February 1st, 2016

Isaiah 3:10: “Say to the righteous that it will go well with them, for they will eat the fruit of their actions.”

Giselle's Devotional, by Giselle.

In verses 8 and 12 we read, “For Jerusalem has stumbled, and Judah has fallen, because their speech and their actions are against the Lord, to rebel against His glorious Presence. 0 My people! Their oppressors are children and their women rule over them. 0 My people! Those who guide you lead you astray, and confuse the direction of your paths.” In this chapter, we see that the Lord Himself has removed both rulers and support from His own people because of the stubbornness of their hearts to have their own ways, and reject God’s ways. In verse 4, it says, “And I will make mere lads their princes and capricious children shall rule over them.”
In our North American culture, and fast growing around the world, it is not hard to detect how some children have become the focus of parents’ schedules, and the ever-dwindling funds within their budgets, for the never-ending pursuit of happiness and fame in their favorite area of endeavors. Sports, for example, used to be a source of leisure and competition after a hard day’s, or week’s work. Now it is the focus and goal, of reaching beyond the limit to be the best at play; it has become the work toward which many children strive, because the payback is so enormous. Many parents have willingly become the source of on going support for this system. In the process, many have lost their own identity and direction, and have failed to recognize God’s plans for their lives. Jesus says in Matthew 6: 33, “But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.

Jesus addresses the possible lopsidedness, which can result in one’s life if the focus is not on its primary source; “God’s Kingdom.” Our first love must be centered upon Jesus and His plans for our lives, and all other facets that pertain to it will fall into place. 1 John 2: 15 says, “Do not love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.” Here we see that the world and the things of the world can easily take precedence over God, and become idols.

There is a saying, “Tell me what you spend your time doing, and I will tell you what you are good at.” The things we spend time at reflect the degree of importance the Lord has in our lives. Revelations 3: 15 says, “I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I would that you were cold or hot.” So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.” Psalms 37: 4 – 5 says, “Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord {roll and repose each care of your load on Him}; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident} also in Him, and He will bring it to pass.”

Dearest Holy Lord Jesus: Thank You for the awareness that You desire to help us in every aspect of our lives. Thank You for the abundant life, and overflowing joy, which You release within us, as we make You our first and foremost Love. Come by Your Holy Spirit, and renew a sense of deep priority within each of our hearts that You may continue to take precedence over the influences that would entrap us. May You be greatly glorified at the countless lives which have been devoted to the pursuit of Your Presence and knowledge of Your Most Holy Word and Will. Glory to You alone!

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