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Isaiah 25:1-28:13

As I read today’s Old Testament passage, I am brought to the Proverb that states,

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe. The rich man's wealth is his strong city, and as a high wall in his own conceit.
(Proverbs 18:10-11 KJVR)

In today’s reading I am focused on the difference between two means of protection, the use of the world’s natural resources used as a defense to guard households, communities, cities and nations as opposed to those who the name of the Lord, their relationship with God to be their strong tower as stated in the above Proverb.

We take what the creator of the universe, God Himself, has made, claim it as our own, and then use them to both defend and attack others who are using the same resources, as if each groups of people own what belongs to God. Those who have mastered the use of what God has created win the contest, we think. It is only when we are in Christ, under the shelter of God’s wings, in the tower of the name of the Lord where we find safety and protection.

In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD forever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: (Isaiah 26:1-4 KJV)

A comment: off-topic, at least today’s topic.

I realize that each one of us have differences in how we were parented and how we parent. Many have great parenting skills because great parents have passed down their skills, techniques and wisdom to the children they have parented. There is also a group of us who have had dreadful parents thus we never attained the skills to parent correctly because we had bad examples of what it means to be a parent. Then there are those in the middle, parented by bad parents but managed to go outside the home to get the tools needed to parent successfully. And there are those who had great parents, but never took the time to observe the lessons taught because they fell asleep at their desk of learning.

Yet no matter if we have experienced the worst and been the worst type of parent; or are on the other end, great parents because we have modeled the great parenting skills of those who raised us, we can never be as good of a parent as God the Father. Unfortunately, we bring our ideas of what it means to be a parent, and thus what it means to be a child of that parent to our understanding of God. Whatever the end of the measuring rod we come from, God is not and cannot be measured and perceived by our flawed image of what it means to be a parent.

My prayer for all those who come to OYB site is that in our reading of the Word, the image of God as Father, the understanding of what it means to father and/or our learning of and about God as the perfect Father will change the way we parent. May we not bring the images of flawed parenting skills in our defining of God; but may we learn not only what it means to be a parent and how to parent from our knowledge of God learned through His scriptures. To be a good parent one must know how to be a good son or daughter to a great parent, and that parent is God.

Grace and peace,

As we keep our thoughts on God, He will keep us in perfect peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. God can always be trusted. He will never leave us or forsake us.
Is 26:3-4
3 You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
4 Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

I love how Paul simply explains the difference between law and faith.
Gal. 3:11-14
11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

God does hear us when we talk to Him.
Ps. 61
5 For you, God, have heard my vows;
you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

So much encouragement in 2 verses!
Proverbs 23:17-18
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
18 There is surely a future hope for you,
and your hope will not be cut off.

Shalom to all 🙂

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