Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Wednesday Devotion, December 16

Wednesday Devotion, December 16
Isaiah 8:1-10

1 Then the Lord said to me, “Make a large signboard and clearly write this name on it: Maher-shalal-hash-baz.” 2 I asked Uriah the priest and Zechariah son of Jeberekiah, both known as honest men, to witness my doing this. 3 Then I slept with my wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. And the Lord said, “Call him Maher-shalal-hash-baz. 4 For before this child is old enough to say ‘Papa’ or ‘Mama,’ the king of Assyria will carry away both the abundance of Damascus and the riches of Samaria.” 5 Then the Lord spoke to me again and said, 6 “My care for the people of Judah is like the gently flowing waters of Shiloah, but they have rejected it. They are rejoicing over what will happen to King Rezin and King Pekah. 7 Therefore, the Lord will overwhelm them with a mighty flood from the Euphrates River—the king of Assyria and all his glory. This flood will overflow all its channels 8 and sweep into Judah until it is chin deep. It will spread its wings, submerging your land from one end to the other, O Immanuel.
9 “Huddle together, you nations, and be terrified. Listen, all you distant lands. Prepare for battle, but you will be crushed! Yes, prepare for battle, but you will be crushed! 10 Call your councils of war, but they will be worthless. Develop your strategies, but they will not succeed. For God is with us!”
Quick Notes
We are going to have a lot of moments through Isaiah where God seems to be on trial. Sadly, I have had many conversations with believers who ask, "How can good God do ______?" while completely ignoring what God has provided them. Of course there are also some who claim to be a believer but rarely attribute to God what is from God.
Quick Questions
How many times do you deny what God has done for you playing it off as something else?
Quick Prayer
Lord, help me to know when to credit you properly with the many great things you have done. Amen.

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