January 19, Tuesday Devotion
1 In the year when King Sargon of Assyria sent his commander in chief to capture the Philistine city of Ashdod, 2 the Lord told Isaiah son of Amoz, “Take off the burlap you have been wearing, and remove your sandals.” Isaiah did as he was told and walked around naked and barefoot.
3 Then the Lord said, “My servant Isaiah has been walking around naked and barefoot for the last three years. This is a sign—a symbol of the terrible troubles I will bring upon Egypt and Ethiopia. 4 For the king of Assyria will take away the Egyptians and Ethiopians as prisoners. He will make them walk naked and barefoot, both young and old, their buttocks bared, to the shame of Egypt. 5 Then the Philistines will be thrown into panic, for they counted on the power of Ethiopia and boasted of their allies in Egypt! 6 They will say, ‘If this can happen to Egypt, what chance do we have? We were counting on Egypt to protect us from the king of Assyria.’”
"If this can happen to ______, what chance do we have?" It is amazing how much we pattern our lives on what happens to other people. How often do we rely on the protectors of our world: parents, police, military, etc; instead of God? Some will say that we are relying on God by relying on our protectors, but honestly, if we were getting robbed who are we calling for first? 911 or God? If God is seen as our last line of hope, then we might have some other issues. But we can feel assured in the fact that God will take us even when we look to him last.
God, help form me into seeking you first in all of my life. Amen.