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Isaiah 28:14-30:11

As I read through the readings yesterday and today, my thoughts went to the words of Paul,

But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done. (1 Corinthians 3:12-13 AMP)

The messages given to Isaiah about the destruction of the nations and Israel seems to me to be based on the concept Paul speaks about. Anything that is not of God will be destroyed because it is only the things of God that will last. Some try to build the things of God upon a foundation that is constructed of ungodly thinking. There is a throught that all we have to do is build our new lives upon old sinful ways, it won’t work. The new ways we try to walk in without allowing God to build a firm foundation will crush the things we gained when we built relationships, jobs, careers on old dirty sinful foundations.

I’ve also picked up a common thread of “Truth” running through today’s readings. Near the end of today’s reading in Isaiah 30 is this:

They tell the prophets, "Shut up! We don't want any more of your reports." They say, "Don't tell us the truth. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies. Forget all this gloom. We have heard more than enough about your `Holy One of Israel.' We are tired of listening to what he has to say." (Isaiah 30:10-11 NLT.)

I may have asked this rhetorical question before but what is it about Truth that we humans don’t want to face? Why do we love to dwell on lies? Anything built on a lie will collapse.

Galatians 3:23-4:31

Under that same theme of Truth, or the rejection of Truth, Paul ask the Galatians about their perception of someone who brings them Truth,

Have I now become your enemy because I am telling you the truth? (Gal 4:16) We are so ready to believe what we want to hear instead of what is true. We want to take in a lie rather then deal with the truth.

In the third chapter there is a statement that all who suffer from an identity crises, those who want to be like “Mike” and anyone else other than what God made you really should study and mediate on verses 27-29,

And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have been made like him. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians--you are one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.

Love who you are; find your purpose and stick to it. Emulation, envy, “star worship” or idolization and imitation of others is a “Work of the Flesh” (Gal 5:18-21).

Galatians 3:27-29 was one of the three passages that shook me to my core and freed me from self-hatred and my strong desire to be someone other than what God made me when I first began reading through the Bible seventeen plus years ago. We use the phrase, “Read it and weep” sometimes when we prove ourselves right about something in the face of fierce opposition; but I actually read that passage and wept for hours. It was one of the most freeing things that has ever happened to after accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

Psalm 62:1-12
I wait quietly before God,
for my salvation comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.
So many enemies against one man--
all of them trying to kill me.
To them I'm just a broken-down wall
or a tottering fence.
They plan to topple me from my high position.
They delight in telling lies about me.
They are friendly to my face,
but they curse me in their hearts.
I wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will not be shaken.

Here again we focus on Truth. David allows the lies told about him by his enemies to be countered by God’s Truth as he waits quietly before God. I’m assuming or either interjecting my understanding of “waiting quietly before God.” Doesn’t it mean that he did not counter his enemies’ accusations with his own brand of self-defense and loud arguments?

When we are in God’s fortress while we wait for Him to take care of those who are out to get us, we will probably still hear the threats and the rattling of sabers in our ears which may cause us to think that God is not protecting us. Yet just like the shadow of death, or the shadow of a dog may appear to be dangerous, we must remember that the shadow of a dog has never bitten anyone, nor the loud boisterous voices of fire-breathing threats has ever physically done anyone harm when we run to the Name of the Lord which is our High Tower.

Proverbs 23:19-21

Today’s three verses are another reminder of what happens if we lay down with dirty dogs. We will rise up with fleas, lots of them.

Grace and peace,

The passage that stood out to me today was from Psalm 62 verse 11 in which it states: "God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times: Power, O God, belongs to you." Often times, it is easy for me to forget that God has the ultimate power in everything. All the control and power I have over my life comes from Him, and not from myself. When going through stressful and frightening times, I can trust that God is in control and that at the end, He will make things right. This verse is a constant reminder of His power, and I hope to remember this in the future.

Today's passage was very similar to what yesterday's Galation's passage talked about. When the time came, God sent his son and the "Sprit of his Son into our hearts." (Galations 4:6) It's important to remember that we are not only a child of God but also an heir.

I felt that Psalms 62 perfectly described that we can depend on God for anything. It says that God is our rock, salvation, fortress, refuge, power belongs to him, and with him is unfailing love. I was very glad and kind of relieved when I read this, because I know that God will be our refuge and we can depend on him no matter what. He is my rock and my salvation.

I think it's interesting how Paul compares the law and Jesus to a slave and free woman. Also, how we can be God's heir through faith rather than law, yet we still turn back to only following the law. This sort of explains why Gentiles don't need to follow every single Jewish law to be with Christ.

In the first section of the passage Galatians 3:23-29 it talks about faith and how we might be justified. It says before faith, we were held as captives of the law, but then Christ was crucified and died for us so that we may all be justified. Since faith has come we are no longer held captive for now we are officially sons of the Lord. Thanks be to Christ, who died on the cross, that we are set free!

In the Galatians portion of today's reading, Paul descriptively captured what it means to be a child of God. It reminded me that I'm no longer born of this world, but born of the Holy Spirit. Which means I don't have to live under this world, but live under Holy Spirit. And when in the midst of temptation, it seems logical to choose to live as a child of God rather than a child of this world. Paul gave me a good reminder that my identity is in Christ and in no one and nothing else.

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