What I Read Today:

Romans 12: Matthew 12: Isaiah 20: Psalm 71: 2 Chronicles 32: Exodus 31

In Isaiah 20, God tells Isaiah to strip off all his clothes and to walk around the countryside naked. As he’s walking around the countryside he’s to tell the people a prophesy of the capture and exile of the people of Egypt and Cush.

Israel, had come to rely on the military power of it’s neighbors for it’s security. So sure of their safety they forgot that it was God who provided their safety and security. They had become so comfortable that they had grown lax in their worship, and fallen away from God.

Human beings often find themselves in a place of comfort. Especially, here in the United States. We come to rely on our pensions, our 401k’s the equity in our homes, or our ability to earn an income from our professions. We come to the point where we believe that those “things” are what guarantee our security.

Even the Church gets into a comfort zone. We rely on our buildings, our committees, our youth groups or our fellowship groups. We forget to give credit to our God. We fail to see that everything we have is from God.

This current pandemic should have taught us that all those things are fleeting. They can be taken away in an instant.

As I get older I realize that there have been many moments in my life where I was stripped bear. Times of financial crisis, times of health problems, and times of trouble at work. Moments when if I hadn’t had God to rely on, I would have crumbled.

In those moments of struggle, it is important to remember that God is refocusing you and me. He’s reminding you and me to rely on our God not our things. He’s gently nudging us back to complete reliance on Jesus.

5 thoughts on “September 16, 2020 – Stripped Bear

  1. As wild fires burn in the West and hurricanes cause destruction in the Southeast, as our greatest cities are being decimated by violence, your message is spot on, Mike: Everything can be taken away in an instant. We’re even seeing our freedoms being eroded–despite the constitution and Bill of Rights. Indeed, God is our only hope. Our reliance MUST be upon Him. May He save our nation from the brink!


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