Isaiah 29 shows how God will intervene for His people and deal with those nations who are trying to come against it. He has a lot of tools in His arsenal and says He will deal with the bad guys “with thunderclaps, earthquakes, and earsplitting noise, backed up by hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning strikes”. Sort of makes any other weapons seem insignificant doesn’t it. If God is for us, who can be against us, is a pretty good way to look at things based on this chapter. But there is an issue within the hearts of the people that God is going to address. Check out these verses: “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping me but don’t mean it, 14 I’m going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears… You shut GOD out and work behind the scenes, plotting the future as if you knew everything”. Pride causes a lot of issues. God doesn’t allow it. And He certainly won’t for us either. Isaiah shares three examples of how the result of hard work cannot talk back to the one who did the work and take credit for what has been done. He calls out the potter, author and cook as examples. They all show the work of their hands and the resulting pot, book or meal can’t take credit for what has resulted. We have to be careful not to grab God’s glory either. He alone makes things happen – not you or me. The end result He desires: “children will honor me by living holy lives”. Are you giving God the glory for all He has done? Does your life reflect honor to Him by its holiness? That is His desire. Get after it!
Archive for November 3rd, 2008