December 12, 2014

Today you should read: Isaiah 23

It seems like a whole lot of kingdoms and cities are getting taken down in this book. Isaiah is constantly pronouncing judgment on nations and peoples throughout the book. As I was reading this passage two verses stuck out to me and brought to mind a truth from God’s word in another place we can think on together today. In verses 8-9 Isaiah says this,

“Who has brought this disaster on Tyre, that great creator of kingdoms?… The Lord of Heaven’s armies has done it to destroy your pride and bring low all earth’s nobility. Isaiah 23:8-9

This passage brings to mind a couple of others:

“ He controls the course of world events; he removes kings and sets up other kings. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the scholars.” Daniel 2:21

And again here,

“It is God alone who judges; he decides who will rise and who will fall. ”Psalm 75:7

God is in control of the world and all that happens in it and all who are in it. Throughout history great and powerful nations have risen to power and dominated the world then, all of a sudden, another more powerful nation rises up and takes them over and the cycle goes on and on. We have to remember that America is no different. Although we are a great and powerful nation and we, for the most part, feel safe and secure we have to remember that we are only as safe and secure as God allows us to be. What we also see is that nearly all of the nations in history that rose and fell were not following God and were not living rightly. God will only allow so much sin in a nation before He decides it is time to humble them. If this can happen to Persia, Assyria, and Rome, America is certainly not immune. So what can we do?

  1. Pray for our country and it’s leaders
  2. Let your light shine in your actions and words so that others will see and worship God
  3. Get the gospel out to everyone

If we do these things and if we repent as a person, a church, and a nation then God will hear us and heal our land. If we do not, we may find America among the rubble of nations and cities like Tyre.

Posted by: Robbie Byrd

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “December 12, 2014”

  1. Good word today, Robbie Byrd! Just a few days ago the following headline was in the news:

    “Army Chaplain punished for sharing his faith in suicide prevention class”

    A chaplain in the United States Army was sharing the life saving power of the gospel of Jesus Christ with a fellow soldier in his greatest hour of need and got punished for his actions. We live in a time when our presidents, of both parties, frequently conclude their speeches with “and God bless the United States of America” yet deny our soldiers the help they so desperately need.

    We absolutely need to repent individually and as a nation for the ways we have neglected God, yet call on HIS name to bless our nation!

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