Daily Archives: April 26, 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!
The Kingdom of Righteousness
32 See, a king will reign in righteousness
Complacent or Confident? | Becky Newman
Isaiah 32:9, 16-17
The Lord’s justice and righteousness in verse 16 is Jesus. He brings peace and gives us eternal quiet confidence. This is in contrast to the beginning of this section on the women of Jerusalem (vs. 9-14) in which the women have placed false security in their riches and comfort. When it’s taken away, they have nothing left. But the security that God offers is from living rightly in relationship to Him. Nothing can take that away.
Being complacent is like being lukewarm. I’m not all-in my relationship with You if I’m complacent or lukewarm. It’s like I’m there for the feel-good stuff but don’t want to get my hands dirty when it comes to the harder stuff You ask of me — generosity, taking care of the widows and orphans, resolving a conflict, giving to the poor, loving my neighbor and my enemy, sharing the Good News, or forgiving others as You have forgiven me. To live in quiet confidence now and later, I have to grow my heart to be more like Yours which involves action on my part, getting my hands dirty, not complacency.
Lord, thank You for my peace through Jesus. Help me not to be complacent or to get too comfortable but to be ready to move when You ask me to move. May my relationship with You show I’m all-in.
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