September 22

Isaiah 39:1-41:16; Ephesians 1:1-23; Psalm 66:1-20; Proverbs 23:25-28

How do you regard the things God has put under your management? As God’s children, we must be very careful how we see the items God places in our trust. We are only managers and God is the One who owns everything.

King Hezekiah had experienced the power and mercy of God in a miraculous way. God healed Hezekiah, delivered him from all his enemies and even made Hezekiah’s name great. Yet, Hezekiah did not fundamentally acknowledge that everything he had was really God’s.

When a foreign nation, who had previously attacked Israel, came bearing gifts, Hezekiah took credit for all  God had done for him. This act of pride caused him to lose everything. In response to Hezekiah’s pride, the prophet Isaiah spoke a Word from God saying everything that was seen by the Babylonians would be taken. Don’t make Hezekiah’s mistake. Whatever God puts in your hands, never forget it all belongs to God and He should get all the credit.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 41:17-43:13; Ephesians 2:1-22; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 23:29-35

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