25th July 2020 – Isaiah 9:8-21
From Isaiah 9: 8 – 21, we know that Israel at that time had fallen into sin. God had sent warnings to Israel on God’s judgment on Israel so that Israel would take heed and repent. However, Israel did not repent. Instead, the people of Israel were proud and arrogant, and they thought that if things were destroyed they could always rebuild them with something even better (v 10). God then raised up enemies of Israel against Israel but that did not cause Israel to repent. Because they did not repent, God then remove the leadership of Israel as the leaders did not lead the people properly (v. 14 – 16). Yet, Israel did not repent. Within Israel, the people turned against each other – everyone was ungodly and wicked, every mouth spoke folly. Yet, Israel did not repent.
Subsequently, in that part of Israel’s history, we know that Israel was finally defeated by Assyria.
If God uses circumstances in our life to shake us so that we can take stock of our life and correct our ways, we better be attentive and turn to seek God. Let’s humble ourselves and stop relying on ourselves and turn to God.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
Prayer:Lord, thank you for Your mercy, grace and patience. Forgive us where we have fallen short. Help us to deal with any pride and any sins in our life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.