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Isaiah 1:1-2:22
Ahh, this book contains some of my favorite passages. There is a verse in the 49th chapter that utterly floored me when I did my first read through the bible seventeen years ago. It was one of three verses that literally spoke to me in such a way that my life immediately changed.

Come, let's consider your options," says the Lord. "Though your sins have stained you like the color red, you can become white like snow; though they are as easy to see as the color scarlet, you can become white like wool. If you have a willing attitude and obey, then you will again eat the good crops of the land. (Isaiah 1:18-19 NET.)

When I first came upon these verses I realized that God wanted me to dialogue with Him. I could not only bring my problems, but I could debate with Him, I could bring to Him those things that I didn’t see as “sin” and God would talk to me about it. I took God up on his offer almost twenty years ago and I haven’t stopped talking to him sense. There are many people who are afraid to challenge God about the things they see, the unfairness the wickedness and the things they read in God’s Word, I’m not. I have gone to God often about the things I thought were unfair and have had my eyes opened every time by the great Master.

The last verse in today’s reading, 2:22, is so deep in its depth of understanding.

22 Stop putting your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. How can they be of help to anyone?

To often we put our trust in men and they fail us and then we get all bent out of joint. Man is not God. If we can just get this Wisdom down in our spirits, if we can just grasp the understanding of this verse, then we will learn how to manage our disappointments.

We are not disappointed by what we find, we are disappointed by what we expected to find. If we keep putting our trust in men, government, relatives and ideologies, we will always be disappointed.

II Corinthians 10:1-18

One of the reasons we, God’s folks, have such a hard time with taking up God’s weapons and putting down ours is because we want to be in charge and we are rebellious. That rebellious nature can even be seen in a two-year old child who insist on putting on his shoes by himself, even when he is trying to put them on the “wrong” foot. Rejecting all help and suggestions the child stubbornly resists the help and walks around for a very long time with the right shoes on the wrong foot. How much like that child are we? We pick up vengeance, manipulation, violence and all the other human tools to try to get people to do things the right way or at least the way we want.

If we use God’s weapons then God will get the Glory, which is rightly His. However, if we use our puny weapons and win the battle, although we will latter find out we lost the war, we stand and take credit for everything thus feeding our egos. The seventh verse tells us why this will not work:

7 The trouble with you is that you make your decisions on the basis of appearance.

The type of weapon used in a war is always based on information about the enemy, wrong information means wrong weapons will be used. Since God knows everything, He is the one we need to trust to supply the right weapon at the right time.

Psalm 52:1-9

This Psalm is an example of a man who was defeated by God’s weapons. (1 Sam. 21-22),

Psalms 52:3-5 AMP
(3) You love evil more than good, and lying rather than to speak righteousness, justice, and right. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!
(4) You love all destroying and devouring words, O deceitful tongue.
(5) God will likewise break you down and destroy you forever; He will lay hold of you and pluck you out of your tent and uproot you from the land of the living. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Proverbs 22:26-27

I know the words in these two verse speak about co-signing someone’s loan or note and we immediately think of paying back money on a debt that we didn’t make. I think this concept of taking on monetary debt is part of it but a very small part. What we are vouching for is the person’s character and integrity. Our integrity is manifested by our deeds, our behavior. Either we have it or we don’t. If someone needs a loaned co-signed then it means the lender doesn’t trust the person. As a co-signer we are vouch safe the person by connecting our integrity with his or hers. There is a 50/50 chance that the person can pull the co-signer down to his or her level if they don’t pay back the loan; or they will come up to the level of the co-signer. Either way the co-signer has placed his/her reputation into someone else’s hands. The more I think about this the more I believe that these two verses need to be looked at in the light of the reading from yesterday because they share the same principal.

Yesterdays reading:

Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate, Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare. (Proverbs 22:24-25 AMP)

And today’s reading:

Be not one of those who strike hands and pledge themselves, or of those who become security for another's debts. If you have nothing with which to pay, why should he take your bed from under you? (Proverbs 22:26-27 AMP)

Both passages have the common theme of not allowing someone else to define, damage or make our integrity and reputation.

Grace and peace,

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