Bible in 365 Days – Day 197

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Focus Chapters:

  • Isaiah 18-23

 

Standout Verse(s):

Isaiah 22:12-13 NLT

At that time the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, called you to weep and mourn. He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins and to wear clothes of burlap to show your remorse. But instead, you dance and play; you slaughter cattle and kill sheep. You feast on meat and drink wine. You say, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

 

Observation (s):

  1. The people were called to repent.

    At that time the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, called you to weep and mourn. He told you to shave your heads in sorrow for your sins and to wear clothes of burlap to show your remorse.

  2. Instead, the people chose to make merry today and deal with the consequences of their actions tomorrow.

    But instead, you dance and play; you slaughter cattle and kill sheep. You feast on meat and drink wine. You say, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!”

     

Application:

Many in the world tend to “live for and in the moment”, choosing to deal with any consequences tomorrow. They place a strong focus on having a good time today. The shame is that, for many, tomorrow never comes and the good time continues with no thought of the repercussions of their previous actions. It is not wise to make merry today while deliberately ignoring tomorrow and the consequences it has to offer.

Our lives cannot be just about merrymaking. There are accumulating consequences to our actions. As Christians, we must be cognizant that there is a time and a season for everything. There are seasons when we called to be repentant and confess our sins. In other seasons, we are called to intercede on behalf of others. At other times, we are called specifically to praise and worship God, shrouded with a heart of thanksgiving. Then there are others when we are called to make merry.

What season are you being called to? Don’t ignore the call in favor of merrymaking today and facing the consequences tomorrow.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 130

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 35-38

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 37:7 NLT

Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
or fret about their wicked schemes.

 

Observation (s):

  1. Learn to be still and wait patiently for God to act. Don’t get caught up with comparing your “poor” situation to that of the “prosperity” of the wicked.

    Be still in the presence of the Lord,
    and wait patiently for him to act.
    Don’t worry about evil people who prosper
    or fret about their wicked schemes.

Application:

I once I had the opportunity to observe two plants growing in the same patch of soil. The pumpkin plant seemed to grow quickly, spreading its vines everywhere, producing fruit. The lime tree on the other hand seemed to struggle. Overtime, I noticed something. The pumpkin plant begun to decline as insects made it their home. Eventually it died while the lime continued to grow steadily into its bearing season. It makes one wonder: what would have happened if the lime tree constantly compared itself to the pumpkin tree? What would have happened if the lime tree had become discouraged and felt daunted by the pumpkin tree’s rapid growth?

Don’t compare yourself to others during your waiting or barren seasons. Don’t fall into the trap of comparing the state of your situations to that of others you deem less worthy. Don’t fret over the prosperity of the wicked. Like the pumpkin tree, their season of reckoning will come. Instead, focus on God and the promises He has made to you. Be still and wait patiently and uncomplainingly for Him to act. Know that your wait will be well worth it!


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