Bible In One Year-Day 293 (Sunday, October 20, 2013)
Commentary: Isaiah17-20. Isaiah received another burden which was against the city of Damascus. As we know, burden is a revelation received as light which translates into troubled heart or restlessness in our mind (thoughts). Before now, Damascus led evil alliance (Israel and Syria) against Judah which caused God’s judgment to fall on her. Israel was not exempted from God’s anger.
Isaiah 17:4 “And in that day it shall come to pass, that the glory of Jacob shall be made thin, and the fatness of his flesh shall wax lean.”
Israel, the northern part of the nation, acted wickedly against the southern part, Judah. They were supposed to be brothers. This act of wickedness angered God. He therefore judged that particular act. Whenever a child of God acts wickedly and he is subjected to God’s chastisement, the consequence could be very grievous; however, God’s love isn’t removed. He still remains his God. God corrects us in love through His chastisement (Heb12).
Proverbs 3:11-12 “My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
God’s chastisement shows that such person is truly His child. It is to make the person realize the gravity of the wicked act. It is to make the person see the negative side of his wicked action. It is to make the person regret his action. It is to bring the person back to the path of light from the path of destruction. It is to make the person realize that he is working for the devil against God. Wickedness could be sweet whilst doing it, but the end is bitterly bitter. Hence, God’s chastisement is to make the person have a taste of the end before he gets there so that such could repent. In the same view, God’s chastisement is painful but with a peaceable ending.
Hebrews 12:11 “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness to them which are exercised thereby.”
Summarily, God’s chastisement is to get His children to repent from acts of wickedness. God judged Israel while He still remained their father; they are not bastards.
Search your heart and see if there is any wickedness in it; ask the Lord to deliver you from it. It may be the reason behind the strength of your problems. This was the prayer of the psalmist.
Psalms 139:23-24 “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
You need to pray the prayer also. And God shall be a Help to you. The heart receives and the mind processes what is received through thoughts which eventually become the path the person treads. Lot faced Sodom. He ended up there. Your thought is a major factor in where you end up. Your thought processes the burden the heart receives. Jesus wants us to receive His burden and process it in our thought. The thought affects your emotion and the emotion plays a major factor in your will. Thoughts and emotion cannot take their course without engaging your will. Your ‘will’ is the final discourse before any action is taken. Behind every action is this trend; the heart, the thought (mind), the emotion and the will. If the action is wicked, then the root of it is Satan filling the heart with his burden. And if it is good, then, the Holy Spirit has filled the heart with His burden. The actions that take root in Satan are what the bible refers to as iniquity, no matter how good it seems.
Acts 5:3 “But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Spirit, and to keep back part of the price of the land?”
This couple did ‘good’ in the sight of men, but the ‘good’ was as a result of Satan’s infilling. This type of work is what God will judge on the last day. Any good work having its root in Satan will go with Satan. Deceivers are workers of iniquity.
On the other hand, allowing the light of God’s Spirit to shine in your spirit will become a burden that you will want to pursue with all your life just as Paul did. May that type light fall on your soul in the name of Jesus. In the beginning of Isaiah’s ministry, he received the revelation of God’s burden and this became part of him.
Isaiah 6:8 “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
Let us seek for the old path where we could find rest. Let us listen to the trumpet’s sound, wherewith we could escape the calamity to come. Our reading for today is Isaiah21-24. Keep the fire of burning and alive.
Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries