September 15 “Presuming on God’s grace” & LINKUP

presumptuous, thoughtful girlIs there some area where things could have gone badly, but somehow worked out? Did you just “count yourself lucky,” assume it was your quick thinking that got you out of that jam, or did you think about God’s grace and mercy?

Today’s Readings:
Isaiah 21 & 22
Psalm 107.1-9
Proverbs 25.14-16
2 Corinthians 7.1-16

Isaiah 21 & 22:

Presuming on God’s grace

In chapter 22 Isaiah begins to prophesy concerning the “Valley of Vision”—a reference to Israel. God had allowed the Assyrians to threaten and attack them previously, but in his mercy had prevented their defeat. Instead of seeing God’s mercy at work, taking it as a “shot over the bow,” and repenting in thankfulness, they had taken His deliverance for granted.

In this chapter Isaiah warns them that though they will take the next deliverance for granted and will even be celebrating prematurely, God will let them fall because of their continued rebellion.

What about you? Is there some area where things could have gone badly, but somehow they worked out? Did you just “count yourself lucky,” assume it was your quick thinking that got you out of that jam, or did you think about God’s grace and mercy? Did you consider what God might be saying through that situation or will He have to repeat the lesson, this time with more severe consequences?

prayerPsalm 107.1-9:

Thankful or unthankful?

Verse 8, “Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men.”

Just as with the ancient Israelites, one of the characteristics of these last days is unthankfulness. 2 Timothy 3 gives us a picture of the times in which we live: Continue reading