March 12, Friday Devotion
18 “Listen, you who are deaf! Look and see, you blind! 19 Who is as blind as my own people, my servant? Who is as deaf as my messenger? Who is as blind as my chosen people, the servant of the Lord? 20 You see and recognize what is right but refuse to act on it. You hear with your ears, but you don’t really listen.” 21 Because he is righteous, the Lord has exalted his glorious law. 22 But his own people have been robbed and plundered, enslaved, imprisoned, and trapped. They are fair game for anyone and have no one to protect them, no one to take them back home. 23 Who will hear these lessons from the past and see the ruin that awaits you in the future? 24 Who allowed Israel to be robbed and hurt? It was the Lord, against whom we sinned, for the people would not walk in his path, nor would they obey his law. 25 Therefore, he poured out his fury on them and destroyed them in battle. They were enveloped in flames, but they still refused to understand. They were consumed by fire, but they did not learn their lesson.
The words that God speaks sound harsh, but you have to remember that the people were the ones who decided they would rather be like everyone else then serve God. The decisions they made afterwards continued to spiral downward until they it was impossible to distinguish the ones set apart for God and the ones who were not. What kind of decisions do you make concerning being separate for God?
Heavenly Father, I want you to be the one who guides my life. Let me be seen as pleasing to you. Amen.