November 18, 2014

Today you should read: Isaiah 2

“The Lord alone will be exalted in that day,
and the idols will totally disappear.” (v.18)

Today’s passage is a commentary on two types of people, the proud and the humble. As you would suspect, God has two very different messages for each group. For the humble the future is bright. God is taking away the sin, the war, and He will walk close with them. However, the proud will find themselves in a very different scenario. They will fear God’s wrath and will hide from his presence. This day is coming and it is important for each of us to decide which type of person we will be.
With that being said let’s look at the characteristics of both Pride and Humility from this passage.
1. The Proud

The proud are characterized by self worship.

“They bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made” (v.8)

Idol worship is just self worship. Idols are just things we trust in to give us what we want for ourselves.

That’s why when we talk about the idols we struggle with we need to be careful not to talk about them in a victimization type of way. We are not subject to our idols we create them. We must take responsibility and repent from them.
2. The Humble
The humble are characterized by the worship of God and not self.

The humble seek after God and look to learn the ways of God and walk in them (v.3).

Those that are humble are very aware of their imperfection and need for God. Don’t mistake this as a haughty legalism of religion. The humble know their need for God and love the grace and mercy that the cross provides. Their actions are fueled by their love for Christ and their actions toward others are evidence by their hearts (Romans 12:9-21).

So the question today is a very simple one. Which camp do you fall in? Are you proud or humble? Your answer right now is not your greatest concern. It is what you plan on doing in response to your answer that matters. If you find yourself in the camp of the humble then continue to grow in that. If you find yourself dominated by pride then be encouraged by 1 John 1:8-9,
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Posted by: Chad Wiles

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “November 18, 2014”

  1. I also see in this passage two pictures that Isaiah was painting for Israel. One was the future time when the world would look to God and be taught how to live under the rule of God’s loving leadership. The end times. The other picture was a time of national judgment that was imminent on Israel because of their sin as a nation. That time was going to impact everybody in the nation. It was coming because of their collective sin as a nation. When I read passages like this, I often wonder how close we are as a nation to that kind of judgment. Then I wonder what God expects of us as believers in regard to the collective sin of our nation. How does he want us to impact those around us? We know he wants us to spread the gospel. There is no doubt about that. Does he expect more of us in confronting sin in our land? I struggle with what the right approach is there. Political action? Protest? Boycotts? I’m not sure about those things, but I know he wants us to live holy and reach the lost. If the majority of the country were reached for Christ and discipled, we’d see many of the areas of blatant public sin vanish. We could see God’s favor as a nation rather than fear his justice. “Things always work better when you do them God’s way.”

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