Thursday, March 3, 2011

"Stuff Mart"

Isaiah 23:3 "You were the merchandise mart of the world"

My title is from a veggie tales movie that I watch with my granddaugher. Instead of saying Wall Mart it sings "Stuff Stuff, Mart Mart...Stuff Mart." And finishes with "Happiness waits at the stuff Mart! All you need is lots...more...stuff!" Of course, Veggie Tales isn't pushing that..."For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." 1 Timothy 6:10 ....if you watch the whole movie you will find that true happiness comes in knowing and building your life on Jesus Christ. AMEN!

Money will come and go, material things will break and thieves will steal and kingdoms will be shaken and fall. "The LORD holds out his hand over the seas. He shakes the kingdoms of the earth." Isaiah 23:11

But we have a kingdom that is an everlasting kingdom--of righteousness and life. May we NOT be impressed or trust in so-called human greatness or wealth, for they will all fail. Instead may we be impressed by the One who holds all things in His hands...the One who brings blessings and brings judgment too.

Standing in Him,

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

"Burden Me"

Isaiah 21:1 amplified version: "The Mournful, inspired prediction, a burden to be lifted up, concerning the Desert of the Sea"

Throughout this chapter we see Isaiah burdened by what he sees in this vision. Descriptive words like mournful, hard, grievous, anguish, pained, dismayed......are used to describe what he is feeling as he sees the coming judgment on those around him.

In verse 11 & 12 we read that the watchmen is being asked "how long with this darkness last...when will the morning come?" Have you ever been up all night wondering how much longer does this night have to last before the daylight comes?

"Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous." Psalm 112:4

Our world today is living in such darkness. Do you and I see the lostness? Do we see the darkness of our world? Is there a burden? Are we broken hearted, grieved over the lostness and the coming Isaiah was?

Though we agree that God's judgment is always right...we need to pray
that our hearts will always remain soft so that we will respond with prayer rather than indifference.

"Burden Me" by Jeremy Camp says it well: Burden me with the weight that you love me, Burden me with your plan, Burden me with the message that you've given me, Burden me here I am. All these faces right in front of me, I have a sense of urgency to bring the truth to this broken generation on their knees, so I ask you, so I pray...Burden Me.