Sunday, May 4, 2008

Monday Morning Devotions

Is. 29:14- "Therefore, behold, I will again do a marvelous work among this people, a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men will perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden."

Just what wisdom is this passage referring to, this wisdom that shall perish? Could it be the false wisdom Paul speaks about in the first chapter of Romans? This is the passage where Paul explains why there is a lack of belief in the true God among most of mankind. Man can discern not only the existence of God from observing nature, man can also discern God's attributes as well. But man chooses to suppress what he knows because he does not want to attribute Lordship to God. So the mind of man suppresses the true knowledge of God by constructing false gods from man's own imagination. "Professing to be wise, they became fools..." (Rom. 1:22) According to the above passage from Isaiah, there will be a day when this knowledge will be shown to be false. Could it be that its destruction will proceed a work of true revival among Christ's people; a revival in which the Church finally casts off all idols and her members become one in mind, loving God and man as they were meant to be loved? Will this revival mark the final in-gathering of souls into the Church from all the peoples of the earth?

Will those "prudent men", those that weigh self interest in their relationship with God disappear? Those who refuse to be fully sold out to Jesus, will their influence be brought to nought? Will there be a day when no one causes Jesus' followers to harden their own hearts, thus preventing themselves from becoming disciples? Will there be a day when no one hinders sinners from true repentance? The verse from Isaiah answers these questions with a resounding "Yes!" We do not know when that day will arrive. But we cooperate with God in bringing these great things to pass when we pray "Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matt. 6:10) May it be when we pray this prayer in faith that we hasten the day when these things shall come to pass.
(All scripture quotations are from the NKJV.)

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