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Daily Devotions – God condemns the proud

 

 

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Isaiah 2:5-17 (ESV)

O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

For you have rejected your people, the house of Jacob, because they are full of things from the east and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines, and they strike hands with the children of foreigners. Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots. Their land is filled with idols; they bow down to the work of their hands, to what their own fingers have made. So man is humbled, and each one is brought low— do not forgive them! 10 Enter into the rock and hide in the dust from before the terror of the Lord, and from the splendor of his majesty. 11 The haughty looks of man shall be brought low, and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. 12 For the Lord of hosts has a day against all that is proud and lofty, against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low; 13 against all the cedars of Lebanon, lofty and lifted up; and against all the oaks of Bashan; 14 against all the lofty mountains, and against all the uplifted hills; 15 against every high tower, and against every fortified wall; 16 against all the ships of Tarshish, and against all the beautiful craft. 17 And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled, and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low, and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.

Yesterday we learned God’s truth about humility. This week we will explore several other passages which explore this truth. We begin in the prophet Isaiah. In chapter 2, the prophet is trying to get the rich and arrogant leaders to realize that the earth belongs to God, not them. Just like when the host arrives at the banquet in Luke 14:9, when God comes, the proud will be in for a rude awakening (Is 2:11-12). Keep in mind that the only hope for peace is when God alone is exalted (Is 2:17). When we live for God’s glory, the wonderful side benefit is that we get all of our earthly concerns in a healthy balance.