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July 19; Don’t Say You Weren’t Warned

Isaiah 47-50

God, through the prophet Isaiah, is talking to his enemies, then to His people, and the message seems to be the same. “Go right ahead and keep doing what you’re doing. But don’t say you weren’t warned.”

Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.  (47:15b)

If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. (48:18)

There is no peace for the wicked. (48:22)

I can’t read the warnings to the ancient Jews recorded here in these chapters in Isaiah without making it personal. There have been times in my life when I’ve done my own thing, gone to church, served on committees, yet held on to a sin and told myself God was okay with it. There are times even today when I can rationalize sin, or tell myself God’s will will be done no matter what I do, and still think I’m a stand-up Christian.

God seems to be telling me today, “Go ahead, Connie. Try to be a Christian on your terms. But don’t say you weren’t warned.”

God has lovingly spelled out His demands, His plan, the Truth so that there can be no excuses. He is God and there is no other. He is the Way and there is no back door. He is the Truth and that Truth is not subjective. And God is very honest to say I either listen to Him and obey, or else. I can come up with my own idea of holiness, obey when I want, worship so I’m satisfied, but that won’t cut it in the end.

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. (50:11)

Don’t say you weren’t warned.

Exodus 6&7 – Living In A Boat

I live on an island. There is a woman who has been coming to our Bible study who, with her husband, lives on their sailboat docked at the marina. They sold their home several years ago and decided instead to live on the water. I haven’t seen their home, but I understand they have all the comforts of owning a small house, and no lawn to mow.

I asked her what they did when hurricane Matthew hit. She said they sailed to a cove on the north end of the island and rode out the storm tucked into the rivers there.

Guess what story I read about today in God’s Word. Yep! Noah.

During the hurricane there were several ways to seek safety. I moved inland. Some boarded up their windows and locked themselves in closets. Some stood at open windows and faced the storm head-on. Others got in boats and looked for shelter in the water.

But in Noah’s day, there were no such options. Safety in the storm, salvation, was found in only one place. One.

Too many people live today like people in a hurricane. Everyone carries out their own plan, seeks their own shelter. And, in the case of this island during Matthew, we all survived.

Eternity isn’t like that. Salvation is found nowhere but in Jesus. You either get on board. Or you die. There is no alternate route.

Noah’s story is a picture of God’s salvation plan. You can’t survive this life on your own terms. You can’t build your own boat. Jesus said that He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and nobody goes to the Father except through Him.

He is the boat. And that’s the boat I want to be living on! It’s the boat that will take me safely home.