Archive for December 11th, 2008

Isaiah 62

Isaiah 62 contains a couple thoughts that we need to ponder.  First Isaiah points out that “foreign countries will see your righteousness, and world leaders your glory”.  He is referring to Jerusalem here, but what I want to consider is the impact of our lives on those around us.  We don’t live in a vacuum.  There are many people who see us on a daily basis.  We are their picture of how to connect with and live with God.  God has a desire to lift up His own – and He wants us to glorify Him through the way we relate to Him and how we live our lives.  Sometimes you may be like me and question if it really matters how we live?  Does anybody really care?  Well for sure God cares and cares a lot.  But there are many, and far more than any of us really know, that are watching our every move to see how we live.  I learned this the hard way as a kid in high school that did a few stupid things.  Didn’t think it was any big deal – didn’t hurt anyone buy myself right?  They weren’t even all that bad.  The problem and real realization came when some parents of kids in sixth grade at the time came to me and said their kids were mimicking my behavior.  They were acting like I was.  They wanted to do what I did.  I honestly hardly knew these kids, but that isn’t the point.  The issue is that our lives and how we live them make a difference.  It may be a family member, someone in our neighborhood, a person at work or in church but somebody is paying attention and uses you and me as a guage for how to live.  We need to pay attention to that very carefully.  We need to be sure they see our “righteousness” and that God is glorified by what we do.

 

Isaiah goes on to say “I’ve posted watchmen on your walls, Jerusalem. Day and night they keep at it, praying, calling out, reminding GOD to remember”.  My kids grew up listening to a tune called “Angels Watching over You”.  God is paying attention.  We have angels and watchmen in our lives.  There is no vacuum where we go that is free from God’s watchful eye.  It is comforting to know that, but it also has helped me to realize that I can’t just go somewhere and close the door and shut God out.  He sees anyway.  So many men struggle with pornography.  They view it in the dark, doors closed, thinking it doesn’t hurt anyone so no big deal.  That is just wrong thinking.  It is first of all sin, so it hurts God and self.  But the impact of junk we take into our lives is that it always comes back out some way or another.  It does matter.  It does hurt and God does know.  That is true of so many sins we think we are getting away with.  Little lies, mishandling things that aren’t ours from work or other places, the list could be long.  Remember that there are watchmen on the walls of your life.  They see and know all that is happening.  They are there to protect, but they also are there to keep us on track.  Don’t let the enemy convince you that anything is ok if it doesn’t line up with God’s Truth!

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