Isaiah 7.9 is the main text for today’s devotional.
The way of doubt. King Ahaz hesitated. He was overwhelmed by his predicament. When Isaiah prompted him “to ask the Lord…for a sign,” Ahaz refused, Isaiah 7:11,12. Doubt dooms the doubter. It kept the people of God out of the Promised Land, Hebrews 3:16-19. It is the cleverest ploy of the devil, Genesis 3:1. A lack of faith is like a fox in a chicken coop worrying about having enough to eat. The Lord expects more from us than that, Isaiah 7:9b; James 1:5-8.
Focus question: What situations cause us to feel overwhelmed and begin doubting?
These phrases come from today’s Plow New Ground devotional by Ed. M., about Abraham offering his son Isaac in Gen. 22.
- [God] wanted an understanding of who He is more than He wanted burnt offerings, Hosea 6:6.
- Faith is trusting God to provide what He promised.
- We admire [Abraham’s] faith without trying to copy his obedience!
- He sacrificed himself before he put Isaac on the altar, Romans 12:1.
Focus question: How do you show obedience to God above your own desires and emotions?
Respect the limits of life and of the Spirit, O Soul. Some things you can do for other people, but some things they must do for themselves. Each one must carry his own burden. You must carry your own burden as well. No one owes anyone a free lunch. You must develop your own faith. God will use many people in your life in a powerful way. But in the end, each one must assume responsibility for his faith and his direction in life. Be glad in this truth. It means that your peace and joy do not depend upon others, but solely on the Lord Jesus Christ. And do not let others make you the source of their faith, but only in God.