The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 57:11-12
“Whom have you so dreaded and feared
that you have not been true to Me,
and have neither remembered Me nor taken this to heart?
(The Lord challenges His people to look at where they have put their trust.
As incredulous as it seems, Israel had sought alliances
with foreign leaders and had set up idols to worship
rather than seeking after God, and, yet, that’s what we still do today
when we place our trust in our own foreign alliances and idols.
We, too, seek to exercise our own control over people and situations.
We put our trust in our bank account, the title following our name,
the people with whom we are in relationship, the right address,
our own plans and desires, the way we dress, and, sometimes,
even in such attitudes as unforgiveness or jealousy or anger.
We foolishly and stubbornly try to find all kinds of places and things
in which to trust rather than giving ourselves to the God
Who has declared Himself to be our One True God.)
Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear Me?
(Like Israel, we often interpret God’s silence, His seeming inaction,
as tacit permission and approval when, in fact,
it only points to His great mercy and long-suffering.)
I will expose your righteousness and your works,
and they will not benefit you."
(The Lord assures His people that He will reveal the worth
of their own endeavors and efforts outside of His purposes for them
and show them that those efforts crumble into insignificance.
And He reminds us the same today, that our own works
are empty and gain us nothing.
Only as we look to the Lord today, only as we commit ourselves to Him,
only as we exercise the true fear and respect and honor due the Lord
will we achieve that for which we long, to have worth and purpose.
When we find our significance in the Lord,
He gives us lasting and true worth.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,


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