Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Isaiah 51:12-13

"I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass;
And forgettest the Lord thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth; and hast feared continually every day because of the fury of the oppressor, as if he were ready to destroy? and where is the fury of the oppressor?"
Isaiah 51:12-13

I think that we often put people before God. The things that we think about during the day, the things that keep us up at night... the things that preoccupy our minds when we're trying to do other things... people. :) And caring about other people is important... but letting them take over our minds might not be. :) It makes sense why... we're interacting with them all the time, sharing experiences, whether good or bad, and so they are things that we think about. But what if we interacted with God more often? Would he pop into our heads more often? Would we be able to feel the spirit rather than worry sometimes, or sleep through the night rather than staying awake worrying about an argument with a friend? We might be getting things backwards... the first commandment is to love God, and the *second* is to love other people as we love ourselves. :) God cares about us and has done so much for us... plus, all those things that we're worrying about? He can help us with them. Today, let's not let the fury of the oppressor into our hearts and minds by allowing ourselves to be distracted from God. Let's interact with God through prayer and through scripture study. If we're going to be preoccupied, let's be preoccupied with God... then all our other worries will be manageable. :)

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