Sunday, February 7, 2010

February 8, Monday Devotion

February 8, Monday Devotion
Isaiah 30:1-7

1 “What sorrow awaits my rebellious children,” says the Lord. “You make plans that are contrary to mine. You make alliances not directed by my Spirit, thus piling up your sins. 2 For without consulting me, you have gone down to Egypt for help. You have put your trust in Pharaoh’s protection. You have tried to hide in his shade. 3 But by trusting Pharaoh, you will be humiliated, and by depending on him, you will be disgraced. 4 For though his power extends to Zoan and his officials have arrived in Hanes, 5 all who trust in him will be ashamed. He will not help you. Instead, he will disgrace you.”
6 This message came to me concerning the animals in the Negev:
The caravan moves slowly across the terrible desert to Egypt—donkeys weighed down with riches and camels loaded with treasure—all to pay for Egypt’s protection. They travel through the wilderness, a place of lionesses and lions, a place where vipers and poisonous snakes live. All this, and Egypt will give you nothing in return. 7 Egypt’s promises are worthless! Therefore, I call her Rahab—the Harmless Dragon.
Quick Notes/Questions
I will confess something. More times than I really want to admit, I put my faith in things other than God. I choose certain activities over others not because I sense God's direction but because it "makes sense" "in the real world." It is easier to find security in our military in police force sometimes than it is with God. Trusting God with my finances is pretty difficult. Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor... I am not quite there yet, do not know if I ever will be. Sometimes I look to sports teams like the Saints or Steelers for my hope through hard times than through the revelation of God made flesh. Other times, I seek intimacy with my wife rather than Jesus. So how much of your life is lived in faith to God? Do you think his grace is bigger? Why or why not?
Quick Prayer
Almighty God, I don't always know how to trust you over the people and things of this world. Help me. Guide me. Shape me. Amen.

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