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11 July 2010

Today’s Reading: Isaiah 8-10; Hebrews 8

Scripture:

11 God spoke strongly to me, grabbed me with both hands and warned me not to go along with this people. He said: 12 “Don’t be like this people, always afraid somebody is plotting against them. Don’t fear what they fear. Don’t take on their worries. (Isaiah 8:11-12 MSG)

Isaiah addressed the concerns of people in Israel and Judah who were worried about the future. They knew about the political and military threat of the growing Assyrian Empire. They faced seasons of drought and famine. They knew that life is fragile and that things can go wrong. They were anxious and worried.

Christ-followers are worried about politics, terrorism, the economy, conspiracy theories, and interpretations of end-time prophecies. Many talk more about the latest conspiracy theories than about insights gained from reading and meditating on God’s good word and spending time in his presence. Perhaps we spend too much time watching TV news and too little time reading God’s Good News. We shouldn’t be “head-in-the-sand” about politics and economics, nor passive and uninvolved, but neither should we allow our energies and emotions to be drained by worries about them.

Isaiah told the people of Israel and Judah to fear and reverence God and not to worry about what other people are doing or what may happen. Jesus said to trust Father God and let him take care of making sure we are ready for whatever life brings our way.

Jesus said, “31 What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. 32 People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. 33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Matthew 6:31-34 MSG)

Prayer:

Father, I choose to trust you for my present and my future, for my protection and my provision. I don’t want to be ignorant or foolish about the things people are worried about, but I don’t want to be a worrier. I trust you.

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