Today you should read: Isaiah 14
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18
There is an irony in today’s passage that I believe teaches us a very important lesson about God. God’s character is always the same. Israel became arrogant and God humbled them by allowing other nations like Babylon to come in and overtake them as he promised in Deuteronomy 28:15-68. Now, God is promising to restore Israel and turn his wrath on the very nation that overtook them in the first place.
Reading this as an Israelite at the time Isaiah was proclaiming it must have been a hopeful/frustrating time. It was great news to know that God was coming to restore things but it was hard because it hadn’t happened yet and you were still facing trial. I believe today’s passage gives us a couple of great reminders.
1. God will not be mocked:
When James writes, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you,” we know that God means it.
Pride is nothing to ignore. Whether you are lost or a believer God will not tolerate pride. Yet, if we draw near to him humbly he will draw near to us and lift us up. Let us all seek a heart of humility before our Holy God.
2. God always keeps his promise
For Israel they probably didn’t feel like God was going to keep his promise in the midst of the trial, but from our vantage point we know that He did keep his promise to Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3).
Many of us have or will face a trial that seems like God has forgotten us. We have to keep our vantage point eternal and remember that Christ has come to give us salvation and set all things right in the end.
Remember this Promise today:
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the daylong;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)
Posted by: Chad Wiles