Isaiah 48:17-19 – “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go. 18 “If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea. 19 “Your descendants would have been like the sand, And your offspring like its grains; Their name would never be cut off or destroyed from My presence.” NASU
I know this was something that God said to Israel but as a child of God, I receive it unto myself as a promise to ALL WHO BELIEVE. Consider what he says here:
- He Identifies Himself.
He is the LORD our God. He is I AM THAT I AM. This is coming from the Redeemer, the Bright Morning Star, the Alpha and Omega, and our Provider. This is not just anyone speaking, It Is God!
- He Teaches Us To Profit.
Our financial and economic well-being is in His hands, not the government, not our position, not our intellect, not our beauty, and not in the arm of flesh. Our source is God and He “teaches us to profit.”
- He Leads Us In The Way We Should Go.
His Word is a light to our pathway and a lamp to our feet. We have the inner voice of the Holy Spirit that whispers softly and gently, “this is the way walk in it.” We have His assurance that He will go before us and make the pathway straight.
- He Gives A Stern Warning That Carries a Promise.
Look at verse 18 – “If only you had paid attention to My Commandments” THEN…
- Your well-being would have been like a river. It still can be if we turn our hearts to Him and seek Him first above all else.
- Your Righteousness would have been like the waves of the sea. There is still hope if we “repent” and “return” to Him in total commitment.
- Your descendants would have been like the sand with the offspring as numerous as the grains of sand. Our posterity can be a living legacy of God’s mercy, grace, and goodness.
- Your name would never be cut off or destroyed from God’s presence. I will dwell in the House of the Lord Forever!
God does not make idle promises or idle threats. He seeks our best and desires to bring us into fellowship with Him in order to enable us to walk in the Fullness of His Promises!
The sad reality is that too many fall prey to the gloom and doom that is prevalent in today’s society and look at what man can and is doing rather than what God can and is doing. It’s not by might or power but by God’s Grace that we make it through. That does not mean we do not stay active and engaged in what is happening around us, it simply means that we Never allow “fear” to overcome us. We are people who Have Hope because of our God! There are enemies who would destroy us and everything that we hold dear but we are More Than Conquerors through our LORD!
Therefore, as you face this day and the days that follow “reject” fear and “receive” the Promises of our LORD! Take them to heart and rest in them. Then when you stand against the onslaught of the wicked you do so with Complete Confidence knowing that God is backing you up! If God is for us, what difference does it make who is against us?
May God be with you as you go through this day and bring great peace and make your way prosperous as you seek Him and His Kingdom! Blessings!