Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 8 Scripture Selection: Isaiah 37-39
Food for Thought: Is. 39:1-8
Hezekiah’s self-centeredness caused great hardship for future generations. Influenced by an act of kindness by the pagan king of Babylon, Hezekiah dropped his guard and imprudently showed off all “his” wealth to the Babylonians and, apparently, taking credit for it, he put everything and everyone at risk. He spent all that time revealing the grandeur and wealth of the kingdom, with not even a mention of his recent divine healing and provision of God. Even worse, when Isaiah told him the consequences of his actions and how they would effect his descendants and all the kingdom, his only comment, a very revealing one, was, “’The word of the Lord which you have spoken is good!’ For he said, ‘At least there will be peace and truth in my days.’” Completely contrary to the Proverb 13:22, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children,” his only concern was for himself.
How many people think that way today? “Well, as long as it doesn’t affect me and mine, then it’s okay.” But the love of God isn’t like that. “Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; …, does not seek its own (I Cor. 13:4cdf).” The Lord is concerned with the long term, the generations, eternity, and He desires the same for His sons and daughters, that they would capture the vision for the future and not be absorbed with self, but are focused on reaching others and doing what is best for others, even for those not yet born.
Psalm 33:11 reveals the broad, far-reaching range of view of the Lord: “The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations.” The psalmist grasped His mission and wrote, “I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore the people shall praise You forever and ever (Ps. 45:17).” As believers, we need to be futuristic minded, guided by the Holy Spirit, so that the decisions that we make today be for the glory of God and the benefit of all those within our reach and beyond, especially leaving a rich, spiritual heritage to our posterity.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):