Common Sense REBORN Devotion

July 23

17This is what the Lord says-

your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:

“I am the Lord your God,

who teaches you what is best for you,

who directs you in the way you should go.

18If only you had paid attention to my commands,

your peace would have been like a river,

your well-being like the waves of the sea.”  (Isaiah 48:17, 18)

Happy Friday fam-fam.  I hope everyone had a great week and you are gearing up for an even better weekend.  Just remember, as the verses above point out, pay attention to the commands of our Lord (love God and love people) and you will have a peaceful and joy-filled weekend.  I was going to allude to the metaphor the Prophet Isaiah uses about peace being like a river, but Isaiah obviously never saw rivers like the Colorado or the Nantahala, which have some pretty gnarly rapids throughout their length.  That’s the kind of river of peace my life is most like: some stretches of nice calm scenery, then you turn a bend and you’re hitting a class-3 rapid that bucks you off the boat and into the breath-takingly cold waters.  I’ve been there before, in the Nantahala specifically, suddenly trying to catch my breath due to the shock of the water temperature and the fact that a moment before I was just sitting at the back of a raft, having a grand old time.  I remember hearing the voices of my friends and the staff of the rafting company saying they were coming to me, just relax, they would get me out.  So I floated on my back until an oar came from above and pulled me back to the boat.

We’re going to have moments in our life where our peaceful river turns a bend and we’re facing a rampage of rapids ahead.  In moments like this, we have to hold fast to our faith and never forget that God will pull us out if the rapids prove too strong and throw us overboard.  And as bad as the strongest rapids of life may seem, our moments of greatest trouble pave the way for our most joyful triumphs. Remember that God will ALWAYS be there for you, telling you to remain calm and He will get you out of your troubles.

The new release from Hillsong Young & Free is a fun, energetic reminder of the love of Jesus, a true phenomena for all mankind.

Reading plan:  Philippians 3:1-14

Deeper reading plan:  Isaiah 46, 47, 48

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