April 9 – Isaiah
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!
Woe to those who make unjust laws,
God and Money | Becky Newman
God is declaring how He will discipline Jerusalem by the hand of Assyria, then how He will discipline Assyria. We know Assyria is godless and doesn’t recognize God is in control of them. But verse 6 says God’s chosen city of Jerusalem is godless too. It sounds like they have ignored God and taken Him for granted as their excess has grown, particularly wealth. Verse 14 is a word picture of how God takes away their wealth so they will turn back to Him. Not flapping a wing or opening a mouth to chirp indicates familiarity with the hand in the nest and gentleness, like a Father taking care of His little ones.
You are a good Father and You know what is best for me. What struck me in today’s verse is how You have used war to re-distribute wealth when we are hoarding and keeping it to ourselves. Matthew 6:24 comes to mind: “You cannot serve both God and money.” So You took away their dependence on and comfort in money so they would be free to serve You again. You have provided abundance for me and my family, and I need to make sure I stay humbled and dependent on You, and use that abundance in serving You, not letting wealth control me but fully acknowledging that You are in control.
Lord, thank You for all You give me; help me to steward it well, serving You only.
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