Many of us are all right in the main but there are some domains in which we are slovenly. It is not a question of sin, but of the remnants of the carnal life which are apt to make us slovenly…He never tires of bringing us to the one point until we learn the lesson, because He is producing the finished product. -Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, July 31.
Isaiah 8:12-14 (Christian Standard Bible version, BibleGateway.com)
12 Do not call everything a conspiracy
that these people say is a conspiracy.
Do not fear what they fear;
do not be terrified.
13 You are to regard only the Lord of Armies as holy.
Only he should be feared;
only he should be held in awe.
14 He will be a sanctuary;
but for the two houses of Israel,
he will be a stone to stumble over
and a rock to trip over,
and a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
With so many conspiracy theories, and many being shown as being reality, not theory, of the evil in the US, this verse caught my attention. (To be noted, Holman Christian Standard translates conspiracy as “alliance” which to me is a completely different meaning; this discussion is from my thoughts this morning reading my CSB Chronological Bible).
What conspiracies is he talking about? America is so divided right now, the Republicans and Democrats, the right and left, conservatives and liberals. The leadership of the left has shown what they want–and that is to disregard God, eliminate Him from their lives and the lives of the American people. If for no other reason than this, I cannot support them. I cannot even rationalize their thought process. Everything they are trying to do will fail, end in disaster. The Lord will have His justice.
The left is so self-centered and prideful, they don’t have the ability to see, let alone recognize their sin. Lord, I pray You open their eyes, open their hears. Show them Your grace and mercy–have them recognize truth. You’ve turned so many recently. We call it “redpilling”, but it is them recognizing the truth, and I know it is You opening their eyes.
20 Go to God’s instruction and testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, there will be no dawn for them.
And there it is. They rely on themselves, think they have the power and the ability to make things happen. I’m still convinced You use the non-believer–exact more control over them, shape their circumstances, determine which choice they make–more than the believer. That’s ironic, too.
The non-believers are puppets. I pray You would draw them to Yourself. Show them, open them, give them the ability to receive You, Your gift of salvation, the desire for a relationship with You. I ask this in Your Son’s Name. Amen.