Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 29, Isaiah 46 Men carry idols, God carries men

God speaks about how the idols of men are carried as burdens on beasts or on their shoulders. They place them in special places and worship them but the idols never answer. I remember the story in 1 Samuel 5 when the pagans captured the ark and placed in the temple of their idol Dagon, each morning the statue was bowed down before the ark, and finally was broken. There's something in man that makes him want some object to focus worship on, which is why I don't believe we'll ever find Noah's ark, the ark of the covenant, or any other artifact, because men would worship that instead of God. The idols stay in one place, they don't move on their own but God is everywhere, always present no matter where His people go.

Friday, April 28, 2017

April 28, Isaiah 45 Pagan kings are still God's instrument

There are a lot of events and kings from history that I can't understand the how or why, but every nation, every king or kingdom, exists because God allows it. And at times God will use these pagan kings to accomplish His purpose. Cyrus was a great conquerer, secular history tells us much about what he did. God used him to restore the people and rebuild the temple. Later in his life he will acknowledge God. Through most of this chapter God asks the question, will you argue with your creator? There are things happening in the world today that I certainly don't understand, perhaps God is again moving kings and nations to suit His purpose. My purpose, and the purpose of each believer is simply to tell others about Him.

Today's workout, full body intervals
Squat, row, windmill, triceps extension, lunge, hug, hamstring curls, biceps curls

Thursday, April 27, 2017

April 27, Isaiah 44 Fools and their idols

I like the description given from verses 9-20, a man (woman) takes things and makes other things and then worships the second thing. I've always wondered how someone could fashion an object and then make it their god. Yet in a different sense there are people who work for objects and make them their gods. Idolatry isn't just worshiping a carved image, it can also be trying to have more, to climb in society or to do better than any one else. The idols in our lives may not be trees that we've cut down but maybe the Better Homes and Gardens lawn that you're so proud of, or the hot rod car that gets pampered. Or maybe some person that we try to emulate. Idolatry comes in many forms and it's all futile. There is and always will be only one God, focus on Him first in all things.

Today's workout 30:00 any cardio

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April 26, Isaiah 43 Salvation comes from God alone

This chapter is a prophecy for Israel's future when God will bring them all back and be their God and king. There are several places where God refers to them as Jacob and then Israel. The difference is significant, Jacob is a self centered swindler and Israel is the man who surrendered to God. There's a little of both in all of us, sometimes we behave like Jacob and others like Israel. Yet both are God's because He chose Israel. He chose me too, so no matter if I behave like Jacob or like Israel I am still His for eternity and I find salvation only in Him.

Today's workout. Full body intervals
High knees, push up, windmill, row, squat, biceps, twist, T

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

l 25, Isaiah 42 If you want to get someone's attention, whisper

There was a commercial back in the 70's that used that line, funny that I remember the line but not the product. The concept though is right. A shout doesn't quite capture attention like a whisper does. That's what this first section is all about. God is whispering His word, the whole of creation whispers God's word. Those who hear it sing a new song of joy, and those who do not hear it will some day hear the shouts, the gasps and pants, as judgment is poured out. Listen to the whisper.

Today's workout, cardio intervals
step, windmill, squat, climber, jump rope

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, Isaiah 41, Fear not for I am with you

Have you ever done something frightening but felt secure because someone else was with you? Just this weekend I was at a training for high adventure instructors and there were several participants with less experience. On one particular element I walked directly behind a trainee who probably would not have completed the course with out the encouragement. I didn't do anything but was simply there. It's reassuring to know that just in case, someone is there. The key line to this whole chapter is that God is there with His people but the caveat is that God is with HIS people. Are you God's? Most of our troubles come when we aren't with God, when we try to walk it alone. That is a time of fear. While there is nothing that we can do for our salvation, there is a lot that we can do to stay out of trouble. Stay close to God and His word.

Today's workout, full body intervals
step, pull up, windmill, side lunge, biceps curl, hug, hamstrings, triceps 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

April 23, Isaiah 40. Comfort, sorrow, and God's greatness

We see a familiar quote in the first part, prepare the way of the lord. It was John the baptist who said this about Jesus. The people of that time understood the meaning from this prophecy, a promise to restore Israel but it was even more. The low will be lifted and the high and proud brought down. There is sorrow as we look on the human condition, living for only a short time, compared to the grass and flowers. Then we look on God, consider the dust of the earth, the stars in the sky, the waters in the oceans. It is God who created them and one day He will call His own as a shepherd calls his sheep. In this life we will know sorrow, but to know Him has a promise that this life is not all there is.