Today’s Bible Reading: Isaiah 12-14:32; 2 Corinthians 13:1-14; Psalm 57:1-11; Proverbs 23:9-11
Isaiah 12 is a brief chapter containing a prayer of praise. Notice that the worshipper praises God even though God is angry with Him (Isaiah 12:1). Like any child, we will do things that our parent (God) does not like. Yet we can still praise Him, because He is worthy of it.
After God disciplines, He comforts. Just like we try to resist God’s discipline we often try to resist His comfort. But that would be a mistake. It doesn’t make us more spiritual to remain in pain. We should expect and accept God’s comfort because when God disciplines out of love. God is never out to hurt us. He is out to improve us.
Bible prophecy is so amazing. One hundred years before Babylon would conquer Judah, God had Isaiah write a prophecy about Babylon’s destruction (Isaiah 13-14). When Isaiah wrote these words, Babylon was a medium-sized nation under the control of Assyria. No one could have envisioned they would one day conquer Assyria to become an even bigger power. No one but God, that is.
Not only that, but God specifically states that it would be the Medes who would subsequently conquer Babylon (Isaiah 13:17). These are the kinds of verses that confound Bible-critics and prove that the Bible was written by an omniscient God who knew exactly what was going to happen hundreds of years in advance.
Notice that God says that once defeated Babylon will never be inhabited again (Isaiah 13:20). The Medes did conquer Babylon in 539 BC – over 2,500 years ago. To this day Babylon has never been inhabited. It remains a dusty ghost town about 50 miles south of Baghdad in modern-day Iraq. Another prophecy come true!
Not only will literal Babylon be destroyed but so will Satan (Isaiah 14:3-8). Those who followed Satan and are now in hell anxiously await his arrival (Isaiah 14:9-11). Even though we let Satan have too much influence over our lives, he is really quite powerless. The only power he has is what we give Him. Someday Satan will be humbled by the God who created him.
Satan, filled with pride, tried to exalt himself above God (Isaiah 14:13-14). This is exactly what people do today. They try to make themselves out to be gods – all knowing, all capable. But that is just arrogance. Just like Satan, people who do this will be forced into humility someday (Isaiah 14:15).
In the final chapter of 2 Corinthians Paul exhorts his readers to examine themselves to see if they are truly saved (2 Corinthians 13:5). The test of whether someone is truly a Christian – a follower of Christ who has been saved by His grace – is not whether that person wears a cross around their neck or if they share spiritual posts on Facebook, or even if they go to church. The test is whether or not a person has Christ with them. If Jesus is what motivates someone’s life 24/7, then that person has evidence that they are saved.
Its very important for us to stand up for God’s truth. Always. Our society is rapidly and openly dismissing God’s design from our culture, thinking they are doing the right thing. But they are not. It is important for Christians to know what God’s truth is and to let others know it too – not for the purpose of glorifying ourselves – but in order to help and edify others. If they don’t hear the truth, then how can they believe and be saved?
Just like Paul, our concern should be to strengthen other people not to tear them down (2 Corinthians 13:10).
Followers of Christ should grow in spiritual maturity while being joyful (2 Corinthians 13:11). And what a joy it is to study God’s word! I have been very blessed this year to be reading and blogging about the Bible every day. Not to mention I have grown a lot spiritually.
Psalm 57 was written at a time when David was running from Saul who was trying to kill him. Most of us can’t imagine being in such a situation. Yet, notice how David deals with this adversity. He praises God (Psalm 57:5, 11). He remains confident in Him (Psalm 57:7). Its easy when things are going poorly in life to focus on ourselves. But that does us no good. We don’t have the answers to our problems But God does. He has the power and wisdom to rescue us from any thing we are going through. And He wants to help. His love and faithfulness are limitless (Psalm 57:10).
Our sue-happy culture tries to find justice in the courts. There is no need. We may be cheated out of things in this life, but God will more than make up for it in the next (Proverbs 23:11). God is keeping account. And He will hold everyone accountable. The scales of justice won’t be balanced during our lifetime. But they will be balanced by God when all is said and done.
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