Friday, December 20, 2019 | Pastor Kevin
God again speaks against idolatry through His prophet, Isaiah. I am not sure about you, but this is exactly how God works in my life when something needs to change. He does not just say it once through one venue, but says it over and over again in every venue that I happen to travel through. My Bible study will talk about it; they will mention on the radio, and then a book I am reading will mention it. God uses any and every venue to get His message across. In that day, He used His prophets to point out their sin and proclaim the future coming of the Lord. Yahweh does not want them to forget who He is. He says, "I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me." Even as His people surrender their all to gods of wood and rock, the one, true God reminds them that none of them compare to Him. He talks to the Jews about their extended history and tries to get them to look back at all He did to get them into the Promised Land and get the evil inhabitants out. He calls them "stubborn-hearted," because they know the truth but will not walk in it or live by it. They simply want to do it their way, and God sets them free to do so, but promises divine discipline for their decisions. He will never fully abandon them, but Yahweh will send them into captivity and punish their sin. Could God call us "stubborn-hearted?" You and I might not be worshiping idols, but we might have abandoned the truth for tradition or chosen to allow one sin to stay firmly planted in our lives. We must take God's words to heart for He says, "My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please." You and I are powerless against the Almighty so why would we fight against Him?
Help me, Lord, to praise You for You are "God, and there is no other." Help me to listen when You consistently speak to me and overcome my "stubborn-heart" and honor You with my daily walk.