Archive for August 1st, 2017

Isaiah 46 speaks of a loving God who sends his servant a bird of prey to turn his errant people from idolatry to righteousness.

Bel and Nebo the two chief Babylonian Gods are shown as burdens being carried into captivity by the people who fashioned them out of gold and silver. The people bowed down and worshipped man made lifeless creations that were unable to answer their cries.  These idols became a burden.   How can they compare to our living and loving God who says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mat 11:28.

Do we have idols in our lives that have become a burden for us to carry?  Do we rely on our jobs, positions, friendships, relationships self image, reputation, or self worth to define who we are and give us a sense of identity, purpose, security, fulfilment and meaning in our lives? Or are we able to trust that ultimately meaning, purpose, identity and fulfilment are things that only God can provide?

Until we are willing to release our worries, fears and very survival into God’s hands, we prevent ourselves from experiencing His care and deliverance.  “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these.”  Luke 12: 25-27.

Now as then, God is continually calling to us to trust Him.  We may plan and do what we think is best in our lives, however, ultimately God will do what He has planned. He will bring His righteousness near. And His salvation will not be delayed.  For us today righteousness is an on-going life of faith, believing that eternal life is found in Christ and living in constant surrender to Him. A life of faith is a life of righteousness trusting every aspect of our lives to him who created us.

When faced with ‘impossible’ problems if we turn to God believing he will carry us through we are doing the right thing. To try and solve our own problems in our own strength is ‘not right’ because God wants to show us that when we turn to him for help he will ensure that we live life as “more than conquerors”.

 

 

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Thank you Father that you created us and sustain us from birth to old age. Thank you that you never leave us or forsake us. Amen.

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