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September 29, 2022 8:00 pm
Everyone in high school admired Jack’s easygoing attitude and athletic skill. He was happiest in midair above a half-pipe ramp—one hand holding his skateboard, the other stretched out for balance.
Jack decided to follow Jesus when he started attending a local church. Up to that point, he’d endured significant family struggles and had used drugs to medicate his pain. For a while after his conversion, things seemed to be going well for him. But years later he started using drugs again. Without the proper intervention and ongoing treatment, he eventually died of an overdose.
It’s easy to turn back to what is familiar when we face difficulty in life. When the Israelites felt the distress of an upcoming Assyrian attack, they crawled back to the Egyptians—their former slave masters—for help (Isaiah 30:1–5). God predicted this would be disastrous, but He continued to care for them although they made the wrong choice. Isaiah voiced God’s heart: “The Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion” (v. 18).
This is God’s attitude toward us, even when we choose to look elsewhere to numb our pain. He wants to help us. He doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves with habits that create bondage. Certain substances and actions tempt us with a quick sense of relief, but God wants to provide authentic healing as we walk closely with Him throughout the course of our lives.
And welcome to today's encouragement from the Our Daily Bread devotional reading titled planetary was written by Jennifer Benson so everyone in high school admired Jack's easy-going attitude and athletic skill. He was happiest in mid air.
About 1/2 pipe ramp one hand holding a skateboard. The other stretched out for balance.
Jack decided to follow Jesus after he started attending a local church that point he'd endured significant family struggles and had used drugs to medicate his pain for a while after his conversion, things seem to be going well for him.
Years later he started using drugs again without the proper intervention and ongoing treatment.
He eventually died of an overdose. It's easy to turn back to what's familiar. When we face difficulty when the Israelites felt the distress of an upcoming Assyrian tack in Isaiah chapter 30 they crawled back to the Egyptians, their former slave masters for help. God predicted that this would be disastrous. But he continued to care for them. Although they made the wrong choice. Isaiah voiced God's heart in verse 18, the Lord longs to be gracious to you. Therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. This is God's attitude toward us even when we choose to look elsewhere to numb our pain.
He wants to help us. He doesn't want us to hurt ourselves with habits that create bondage certain substances and actions tempt us with a quick sense of relief.
God wants to provide authentic healing as we walked closely with him today Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 30 verses 12 through 18. Therefore, this is what the holy one of Israel, says because you have rejected this message relied on oppression and depended on deceit. This sin will become free like a high wall cracked and bulging the collapses. Suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery shattered so mercilessly among its peace is not a fragment will be found for taking calls from hearth or scooping water out of the cistern. This is what the sovereign Lord, the holy one of Israel, says in repentance and rest is your salvation in quietness and trust is your strength but you would have none of it.
You said no we will flee on horses. Therefore, you will flee.
You said we will ride off on swift horses.
Therefore, your pursuers will be swift. A thousand will flee at the threat of one at the threat of five. You will all flee away till you are left like a Flagstaff on a mountaintop like a banner on a hill. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you.
Therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a kind of justice. Blessed are those who wait for him. The spring dear God, please set us free from sinful patterns that may temporarily number pain but in the end because is great suffering. Help us to turn to you for our peace and relief. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Thank you for listening today. My name is Alicia Reisinger and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries