Isaiah 31. Our Help Comes From the LORD.

Because of the importance of Israel and its people, and my personal love for The Land, I’m inviting you to join me through the key Old Testament book of Isaiah.  Each day I’m posting some simple thoughts about this complex prophet.

Isaiah 31.

Isaiah 31 begins with the admonition to put our trust in God alone. Don’t trust in Egyptians or Americans or your boss or your favorite sports team. They will fail you. They are mere humans.

“You are in for trouble if you go to Egypt for help, or if you depend on an army of chariots or a powerful cavalry. Instead you should depend on and trust the holy Lord God of Israel.” (v1, CEV).

We’ve seen throughout Isaiah the encouragement to trust God! Why? Because as verse 2 reminds us: God does what He says. He keeps His promises.

And then there’s this:

“I, the Lord All-Powerful, will protect Jerusalem like a mother bird circling over her nest.” (v5, CEV). One translation says “like a huge eagle…”

God has a special place in His heart for Jerusalem and its people. He also has great fondness and love for those who believe Jesus is the Messiah. Believers in Yeshua are like those who live in Jerusalem. We are included in that group, thanks to His “grafting us in” via the cross and the empty tomb! So, we can say that God has a special place in His heart for you and me. And like an eagle or a mother bird, He will watch over us and protect us!

I’m reminded of this beautiful Psalm:

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” (Psalms 121:1‭-‬8, NIV).

He is watching over you today! He sees your hopes, dreams, challenges and struggles. He will lead you to straight paths, meadows of rest and streams of living water.

He loves you and is proud of you, dear child of God. You can trust Him.

If you’re new to this journey through Isaiah, you can start here.

(c) 2020. Rich Ronald.

God’s Warranty is Never Cancelled

So, it’s now a few weeks after Christmas.  Did you have to take anything back?  Was it a problem with the retailer or were they pretty good about the exchange?  Did you get a gift card or a refund?  It’s usually pretty easy to get an exchange these days because they want your future business… but have you ever had to wrangle for them to make good on the warranty on something?  From car dealers to computer stores to contractors, often we find ourselves having to haggle and argue and negotiate for the warranty deal that we thought we purchased.

I have good news for you… with God it’s simple.

Check out Romans 11:29 from The Message:  God’s gifts and God’s call are all under full warranty.  Never cancelled.  Never rescinded.

God assures us that He has a call on our lives… a plan.  In the story of Joseph in Genesis 37, he calls it a dream.  He dreamed very big dreams!  And, it took many, many years for those dreams to come to pass.  But they did!  And God has not abandoned His plans, or His dreams,  for you.

Despite your setbacks.  And maybe, in spite of setbacks.  Along the way, we may feel that because of a curve ball of some sort, because something didn’t work out the way we planned, that God may have changed too.  But may I tell you today: He has not.  He has not abandoned His plan for you.  He loves you.  His plan is for your success.  Jeremiah 29:11 affirms this:  I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  (The Message)

Will you trust it?

It is never cancelled.  It’s for today… and for all eternity.

(c) 2012. Rich Ronald