Returning to God

Remembering that God is with us and is in control of all world powers helps us calm down when things don’t go our way–or life caves in upon us.  Remind each other of this all the time.  Our sin nature pulls against our mind, dulling our ability to remember simple Bible principles when we’re under pressure.  So when the stuffing gets knocked out of a friend, remind her that God is in control, limits evil, and is WITH and FOR His people. Go to Isaiah 7-12 for an encouraging word to share with someone else.

“Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me!

We are for signs and wonders in Israel

From the LORD of hosts,

Who dwells in Mount Zion” (Israel 8:18).

The snapshot we’re visualizing is of Isaiah standing with his two sons.  The youngest’s name was “A Remnant Shall Return.”  Judah was to keep in mind that no matter how sinful people became or how bad corruption seemed to be, especially among their leaders,  a number would always return to God in repentance and faith.

“The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob,

To the Mighty God.

For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea,

A remnant of them will return” (Isaiah 10:21-22).

That is a picture of hope and comfort for us.  When you get worried about the sin and corruption, the disregard for God, remind one another that there will always be some left who worship the true God, the Mighty One who created and creates. Think of Isaiah with his two sons and praise God come what may.

Assyria was not yet a strong world power.  (Jonah had preached to their capital city; God had granted grace to them and many had turned to Him in repentance.)  But, one day Assyria would destroy Israel and all the nations surrounding Judah and begin to invade and raid Judah. They would never take over Judah or Jerusalem even though they would raid and loot. They and their king would be judged for their ruthlessness and idolatry.

Comfort From Isaiah’s Sons

Are you worried about rising world powers?  What will happen in Iraq? (Nineveh was in Northern Iraq.)  Who will control central Asia now?  Will America just continue to slide into gross immorality? ( I was amazed that abortion was not even an issue during this last election. No one seems to care when a young mother chooses to kill her unborn child.) Let us remember that a remnant will turn to God and God is with us no matter what.  We can joyfully be refreshed and renewed and cleaned by the deep truths of our salvation in Christ Jesus.

“For YAH, the LORD, is my strength and song:

He also has become my salvation.'”

Therefore with joy you will draw water

From the wells of salvation” {Isaiah 12:2-3).

About Carol Brandt

I earned a B.A. in History from Florida State University and M.Ed in.Higher Education from Florida Atlantic University. I taught high school social studies before "retiring" to full-time homemaking and raising two daughters. Now I love being a grandmother to four boys and a girl. I have also raised five collies. My husband, John, was an optometrist, who worked tirelessly for his profession through private practice and as a consultant, and served on the Board of Trustees of Illinois College of Optometry for twenty years. Ernest Reisinger was my chief mentor in this warm-hearted application of Calvinism. He gave me many books! The Founders Journal and Founders Conferences, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and Charles Spurgeon have been other sources of Reformed thinking as well as the other warm-hearted ones listed in my book, "Warm-hearted Calvinists."

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