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ISAIAH'S TESTIMONY

In the 8th chapter of the book bearing his name Isaiah writes , “I will wait for the LORD, who is hiding his face from the house of Jacob, and I will hope in him. Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are signs and portents in Israel from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion” (Isaiah 8:17-18 ESV).  We can never underestimate the impact of our present faithfulness—especially as we remain faithful in the ordinary, the mundane, and especially in seasons of suffering and uncertainty.  Isaiah remained faithful to the Lord and his calling and impacted his family (vs. 18) and the nation of Israel (especially the remnant that would return after the exile).  Ultimately the reverberations of his life are heard and felt throughout the NT and especially in Hebrews 2:13 where we are told that this very passage spoke not only of  Isaiah’s life and family, but also of the life of Jesus and His Church. 

 

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FOOD

Proverbs 23:1-3: When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive.

Food gets a lot of attention these days. Perhaps it always has. Who doesn’t enjoy a good meal? If you add international cuisine, the possibilities only increase. I certainly enjoy good Indonesian food.

But if you’re dining “with a ruler,” there may be a deceptive reason for his seeming “generosity.” In those situations especially, we should not allow our appetites to misguide our good judgment—is there another reason for the generosity that might not have my best interests at heart? In situations like that we most certainly need discernment! And, so, the best thing to do might be to put a “knife” to our throat—we need to restrain our appetite and in doing so, preserve our good judgement. Perhaps this is another way of saying, “There’s never a free meal…” 

We always need wisdom to apply principles from Proverbs—there may be times of course when feasting and good food are certainly appropriate. But, today’s verses from Proverbs remind us of the times when a “good thing” is not really good for us, or in our best interest. May God through His Holy Spirit within us guide in all of the daily activities of life, even eating!

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