Posts Tagged ‘prophet isaiah’

Don’t Be Too Quick to Judge the End of Your Story!

Jun 11

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, have you ever watched a movie, (Especially a romantic story!), and anxiously waited and hoped for the story to end the way you wanted? Of course you have—you’re a girl! However, as you know, you can never be certain what the ending will hold in store until the screen goes black.

The story of King Hezekiah takes some twists and turns—so what will the ending be? Hezekiah becomes king at the age of twenty-five. His reign signifies a return to godliness for Judah. As he takes the throne he immediately gets rid of all the ungodly filth that defiled the land. Then fourteen years into his reign at the age of thirty-nine, Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah came to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” This story is not going to have a happy ending—or is it? After the prophet leaves, Hezekiah immediately prayed and wept. Before the prophet had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life.” Just as the Lord said, Hezekiah did indeed live for fifteen more years. A happy ending!

I have been fortunate to know a real life “Hezekiah”. In 1990 the Lord placed a most interesting man and his family in our life. We were living in a peaceful college town when the tranquility was shattered by the gruesome murder of two young women. This was followed by three more murders of college students. As all this tragedy was unfolding, even more tragic news would come to us. The detective in charge of the murder investigation came to my husband Rick and told him he had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He then proceeded to pour out his heart’s desire. What would he say? That he wanted to be healed … needed care for his family … to catch the killer? Nope! Though he did need all of those things to happen, his unselfish desire was that he would be able to lead someone to Christ before he died. As the days followed, Rick taught him how to share his faith and he did indeed lead not only one person to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, but many! Oh and before this story ended our precious godly friend lived for nineteen more years! Even in death, our friend’s story was not over. His family shared the gift of eternal life so beautifully at his funeral so that through this man’s life story—eternity will be filled with those who knew him.

Dearest girlfriends, let us not judge the end of our story, but place our trust for the outcome in our heavenly Father’s trustworthy hands.

The end of a matter is better than its beginning … ~ Ecclesiastes 7:1 NIV
 
Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. And the LORD was with him; he was successful in whatever he undertook. He rebelled against the king of Assyria and did not serve him. ~ 2 Kings 18:5-7 NIV
 
In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, “This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, “Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: “Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.’” Then Isaiah said, “Prepare a poultice of figs.” They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered. Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day from now?” Isaiah answered, “This is the LORD’s sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?” “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.” Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz. ~ 2 Kings 20:1-11 NIV
 
Hezekiah rested with his fathers. And Manasseh his son succeeded him as king. ~ 2 Kings 20:21 NIV

Wash-a-holic

Mar 14

by Victoria Robinson

Okay girlfriends, I admit it, I am a wash-a-holic! Like all of us I shower everyday, sometimes more. I wash my hair at least once a day. But when it comes to hand washing that is where I really get into trouble. I am constantly washing my hands. Being that I love to cook means that I wash my hands over and over each day. I certainly could use a case of industrial strength hand lotion! Don’t worry girlfriends, I am in good spiritual standing according to the Word of God as it says, “Wash your hands, you sinners …” The truth is—this passage goes on to say, “… and purify your hearts …”

The prophet Isaiah said, “The Lord will wash the moral filth from the women …”. While this verse is speaking of the entire church, we women would do well to take it seriously. The apostle James tells us, “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent …”

If I was a spiritual wash-a-holic and washed my moral filth off as readily as washing my hands, my heavenly Father would be very pleased with me. Dearest girlfriends, let us repent of our sins and cleanse ourselves spiritually.

The Lord will wash the moral filth from the women … ~ Isaiah 4:4 NLT
 
Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. ~ James 1:21 NIV
 
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. ~ James 4:8-10 NIV

Are You Playing the Fool?

Mar 02

by Victoria Robinson

The prophet Isaiah wisely stated, “Look how your sins have made fools of you.” When we sin we are being foolish. In his devastation King David said, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” He had played the fool by going against the Lord’s will by taking a census. Job’s wife was playing the fool when he rebuked her, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” She had played the fool by telling her husband, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!”

When we sin we are playing the fool and will always look foolish, but more importantly destruction will be our constant companion. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take sin seriously and stop playing the fool.

… Look how your sins have made fools of you. ~ Isaiah 57:4 CEV
 
David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the LORD, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O LORD, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.” ~ 2 Samuel 24:10 NIV
 
His wife said to him, “Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and die!” He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said. ~ Job 2:9-10 NIV
 
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame. ~ 1 Corinthians 15:34 NIV

Take His Provision or Take No Provision

Jan 15

by Victoria Robinson

The wonderful provision of our heavenly Father is the only provision we should desire. It is better to do without something rather than to provide for ourselves. There are so many examples in the Word of God where people felt they were not receiving from God what they needed and thus went about providing for themselves. What a disastrous decision! The prophet Isaiah warns that providing for yourself will result in torment.

I am in no way referring to being lazy or irresponsible. There are certainly examples of godly people providing for themselves and their household. God has made it clear that if we are able to work and will not, we should not have food to eat. The difference is to look at where your trust and reliance is set? Yourself or Him? We are never to rely on our own provisions.

To put this into perspective, here we have a provider who owns the world and everything in it, and yet in our foolishness we think we can do better than Him. Dearest girlfriends, let us look only to our heavenly Father for the provisions we need and trust in Him alone.

Who among you fears the LORD and obeys the word of his servant? Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the LORD and rely on his God. But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze. This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment. ~ Isaiah 50:10-11 NIV
 
I have no need of a bull from your stall or of goats from your pens, for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine. If I were hungry I would not tell you, for the world is mine, and all that is in it. ~ Psalm 50:9-12 NIV
 
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. … She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. ~ Proverbs 31:14-18,27 NIV
 
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:10-12 NIV
 
How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. These all look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. ~ Psalm 104:24-28 NIV