Daily Archives: April 4, 2018
In April and May, we are reading through the book of the prophet Isaiah. Its major themes are judgment, comfort, and hope, applicable to Jerusalem then in the 8th century B.C. and to us now. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
Judgment on Jerusalem and Judah
3 See now, the Lord,
Make Me Clean | Marianne Toovey
The people, God’s chosen people, have so boldly and proudly turned away from Him, and judgment is coming. He’ll have to knock them down a few pegs to get rid of their wickedness and make them clean. First comes the judgment, but then comes the restoration. The first part sounds hard, painful, even humiliating. But the end result is a renewed relationship with our Creator and being made whole again.
I’m reminded of the picture of the child refusing to give the well-loved toy to Jesus, who plans to exchange the toy for an even bigger, better one. I find it’s so easy to cling to the things of this world, and when God shows me how wrong that is, I struggle to let it go. It’s hard. It hurts. But after He’s created in me a clean heart, I get something new – bigger and better – to cling to: Jesus! My relationship ends up growing stronger and that’s way more fulfilling than anything I can find on my own.
It’s not always easy giving up my worldly habits, and I tend to fight it. But You know what’s best for me even better than I do! Please be patient with me and create in me a clean heart, renewing a right spirit within me. Help me not to lose focus on You, so that I tend to cling more to what’s right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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