Self Rescue

The people ignored ultimate realities and focused on distracting themselves.  The temporal is all that they saw.  Ultimately, God condemns them for their self-rescue attempts.  They did not look to and trust in the Lord God, but instead in themselves.   (Isaiah 22:13–14)

They trusted in their own ability

“Your choicest valleys were full of chariots, and the horsemen took their stand at the gates. He has taken away the covering of Judah. In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest, and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool, and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall. You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.” (Isaiah 22:7–11 ESV)

The people trusted in their own ability to defend themselves, but they failed to trust in the The Lord their God!  They were practical to a fault.  What are you trusting in, your own wisdom and abilities or the Creator of all things?


Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Matthew 5:10–12 ESV)

Pray for Youcef Nadarkhani, he is facing death for his faith in Iran.  Read more here.  Is Jesus worth that much to us?


Beatitudes: Life of Comfort

The poor in spirit mourn over their sin and the pervasiveness of sin in the world.  They recognize that the world is broken.  This mourning produces a longing for greater things, for eternal things.  God comforts those who mourn.A Life of Comfort (Matthew 5:4) by Brandon Barnard

Beatitudes: Poor In Spirit

The poor in spirit are spiritually bankrupt and broke; they bring nothing to the table to negotiate with.  When you are poor, you can’t protect or provide for yourself without outside help.  This is an ongoing attitude in the life of a believer.Poor In Spirit (Matthew 5:3) by Mark Henry

Ultimate Trust

“Behold, the LORD is riding on a swift cloud and comes to Egypt; and the idols of Egypt will tremble at his presence, and the heart of the Egyptians will melt within them” (Isaiah 19:1 ESV).  “They will inquire of the idols and the sorcerers, and the mediums and the necromancers; and I will give over the Egyptians into the hand of a hard master, and a fierce king will rule over them, declares the Lord GOD of hosts.” (Isaiah 19:3–4 ESV).

Egypt’s ultimate trust was in their idols and the ultimate result was oppression.  Where is your ultimate trust?  Does that trust lead you in to freedom or oppression?  The interesting thing about idols is that you can inquire of them for wisdom and direction, but they don’t answer.  Where do you go for wisdom, insight and direction?