Brothers and Sisters,
I came across this in my daily readings and had to laugh, it seemed so appropriate. I just thought I would share it with my brothers and sisters as a word from the Lord. We get so caught up in what might be and what is hidden, what might be coming and such things. All very interesting, and important, as long as we remember our first mission…to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, minds, and souls, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. This message might bring a chuckle to your day, at how God’s word transcends time and can speak just as sharply to us thousands of years after it was first delivered.
Isa. 8: 11-20
11 The Lord has given me a strong warning not to think like everyone else does. He said,
12 “Don’t call everything a conspiracy, like they do, and don’t live in dread of what frightens them. 13 Make the Lord of Heaven’s Armies holy in your life. He is the one you should fear. He is the one who should make you tremble. 14 He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that makes people stumble, a rock that makes them fall. And for the people of Jerusalem he will be a trap and a snare. 15 Many will stumble and fall, never to rise again. They will be snared and captured.”
16 Preserve the teaching of God; entrust his instructions to those who follow me. 17 I will wait for the Lord, who has turned away from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my hope in him.
18 I and the children the Lord has given me serve as signs and warnings to Israel from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies who dwells in his Temple on Mount Zion.
19 Someone may say to you, “Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do.” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?
20 Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. 21 They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven 22 and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.
Peace and Joy in the midst of the storm,
Summary in Jesus Name
Read Nancy’s contribution again. That’s my summary.