Isaiah 8:11-13 ” The Lord spoke to me with His strong hand upon me, warning me not to follow the way of this people. He said: ‘Do not call conspiracy everything that these people call conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it. The Lord Almighty is the One you are to regard as holy, He is the One you are to fear, He is the One you are to dread…’ “

This word of warning from God to Isaiah could easily apply to us today in this broken and chaotic world.  The people around Isaiah had turned away from God, taking on more worldly views, actions, and behaviors and depending less and less on the Lord.  They had become a obstinate Nation that did not honor God as holy, and feared man more than God.  So God warned Isaiah of not being taken in by their way of thinking…and of not embracing the world’s view of things as truth.  God also reminded Isaiah (and us) that there is only One that is holy and deserving of our praise and honor…only One that we should fear…the Lord God Almighty is His name.

I Corinthians 13:5 ” Love is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

If you want to see what a person is truly made of…put them in a long line, in the hot sun, waiting for something that may or may not arrive on time.  That’s when frustration and impatience boils over into selfish love.  This verse is interesting in that all it speaks of are examples of selfish love…of self-centered, looking out for #1 love that only thinks of itself.  We all have the opportunity daily to choose what type of love we’ll portray  to the world…the love of Christ or the selfish love of the world.  And as Believers, we are to be an example of Christ’s love to others…unfortunately, whether we’re a good example or a bad one.

Isaiah 42: 6-7 ” I will keep You and will make You to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

Jesus…Messiah…the Light of the World.  He’s our way to  life and salvation in this broken world.  He’s the hope for those who are spiritually blind…the freedom for those who are bound up in sin…the way for those who are wandering lost.   Jesus…Messiah…the Light of the World.

Psalm 112:4 ” Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.”

Bad things come to the righteous…we are not immune from sickness, suffering, and lawless acts, for we live in a broken world.  But we do need to always remember – that despite how dark and miserable things may be…the dawn will bring with it new wisdom and enlightenment for our weary souls.

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