First post in a while! (Not at 3 AM…11 AM)
Admittedly, I haven’t been able to write about the AMI devotionals in a while, and sometimes did not get to read them. I think I use excuses like “I’m too busy” or “I try to do QTs in the morning but end up being too tired”. I know I should be doing them daily so that I can understand more of God’s heart daily and be filled with strength during the day, but I just don’t.
God, grow in me a greater heart for you so that I can become more disciplined in reading Your Word!
You built a reservoir between the two walls
for the water of the Old Pool,
but you did not look to the One who made it,
or have regard for the One who planned it long ago.
This verse stuck out to me the most while reading this chapter. I think it’s been hard to for me to relate to these chapters in Isaiah lately, mostly because a lot of them don’t apply to me but to the Israelites and other nations. When I think about it more though, the Israelites’ walk with God is a continuous one of going away, then coming back to God after God shows them that they can really only depend on Him in the end.
I can see this at work in my life. Every time I think I can do things on my own, I am always eventually brought back at the feet of Christ in the end.
Whatever the circumstances in my life God, continually remind me that You are the one who has formed me and planned my life and that You deserve all the glory.
I didn’t get to do devos yesterday so I did yesterday’s today after lunch. It was nice to not do it for the first time before 3 AM in a while.
Isaiah 5 describes the woes of the house of Israel and the men of Judah. The inserted title of the passage in my Bible is “Woes and Judgements”. It sure reads as woes. The passage describes how those who have many but are sinful will end up with little.
The Lord Almighty has declared in my hearing:
“Surely the great houses will become desolate,
the fine mansions left without occupants.
A ten-acre vineyard will produce only a bath of wine;
a homer of seed will yield only an ephahof grain.”
One thing that stood out especially to me was verses 18-19:
Woe to those who draw sin along with cords of deceit,
and wickedness as with cart ropes,
to those who say, “Let God hurry;
let him hasten his work
so we may see it.
The plan of the Holy One of Israel—
let it approach, let it come into view,
so we may know it.”
I feel like a lot of times I make my own plans and come to God asking him to help me fulfill these plans. How backwards my thinking is at these times! We are in no position to expect God to fulfill our plans because we demand him to. Instead, He is using us in his plan for His glory here on Earth,
Lord, please humble me!
3 AM again! I need to stop doing this.
Isaiah 3 talks a lot about how the strong will be ruled by the (perceived) weak (verses 4-5 talk about children governing over heroes and warriors)
I thought the judgement coming onto Judah and Jerusalem was harsh. But then I remember that it is harsh because they rebelled against God.
Judah is falling;
their words and deeds are against the Lord,
defying his glorious presence.
The look on their faces testifies against them;
they parade their sin like Sodom;
they do not hide it.
Woe to them!
They have brought disaster upon themselves.
I often feel like the women in verse 16. I guess I feel like them in the sense of going about with appearances. I show off the outer, but rebel on the inside. God wants our hearts; someone could be perfect on the outside but rotten in the core and the outside wouldn’t matter.
Chapter 4 gives hope.
Then the Lord will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over everything the glory will be a canopy. It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
It’s nearly 3 AM. I need to stop going to bed so late and doing QTs so late. God, give me greater desire and more discipline to spend time with you daily. We went to St. Augustine today, which is apparently the oldest city in America. I learned some new things there and observed some things which actually ended up helping me appreciate and understand Isaiah 2 better today.
Isaiah is continuing the description of his vision from chapter 1. Something that I found encouraging was that one thing we can look forward to as believers is that we will one day be able to come together into the house of God and be able to learn of His ways and walk in His paths.
Many peoples will come and say,
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
This chapter talks a lot about humility. But it’s not really the calm, peaceful humility people usually think of when they think about “being humble” (Or at least I usually think of humility as peaceful). Verses 12-17 talk about how the proud and the powerful will one day be made humble.
In verse 15, he talks about “every lofty tower and every fortified wall”. This reminded me of the fort that my family and I visited today. One of the main takeaways reading about the fort and observing the fort itself was that this was a well-defended and well-equipped place. Many attempts were made to try to overtake the fort, but the walls could survive heavy cannon fire. I was just reminded of how much more powerful God is than man and how much more powerful than we can ever imagine. He is greater than any man-made fortress.
I wrote in my journal that these verses come off as “harsh” but like Isaiah 1, there is some optimism.
The arrogance of man will be brought low
and human pride humbled;
the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
and the idols will totally disappear.
The powerful will be brought low, but God will be made greater. This should be the lives of us as Christians. We would and should live so that He becomes greater and more known.
Stop trusting in mere humans,
who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem?
God, let me remember that you are greater than anything I can ever imagine here on Earth. Break down my walls and my pride to be in awe of the one who is truly powerful.
It’s 2 AM. Not going to lie, I’m pretty tired now, but I did get to read through today’s AMI devotional.
One thing that stood out to me while reading this chapter was that God doesn’t always want what we can bring him. The people of Judah bring him sacrifices and offerings, but God does not want these sacrifices, if the people of Judah are still sinning and rebelling against him.
“The multitude of your sacrifices—
what are they to me?” says the Lord.
Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.
God wants our hearts, not just our empty actions with sinning hearts. True transformation comes from God. I pray that my heart can continually be transformed and renewed daily in this new year by looking to Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith.
I wrote at the bottom of my journal a little blurb – “v. 18 – encouraging!!!”
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.
I pray that I can come to God this year with a heart that truly seeks Him and His will. I pray that my actions flow from this heart and that they reflect the transformation that is happening in my heart.
Here’s to a bigger and better year.
Speak what is true Lord. God let me bare it all to you truthfully and honestly.