Today’s Passages (all 1 link):  Isaiah 36; Psalms 105. 1-22; Philemon

Isaiah 36:  By the worlds standards the king of Assyria, Sennacherib, is a mighty conqueror.  He has overthrown many nations as he has approached Jerusalem. Now at the doorstep of Jerusalem he taunts the representatives sent by Jerusalem toHe not only represents himself as mighty and powerful, but continues by ridiculing Jehovah, as being unable to stop him.  Thus putting himself above the LORD GOD of Israel.  I find in this passage a very common ploy used by satan in temptations.  He asks if truly do I think God could be interested in me, in the situation, or difficulty I am facing.  The challenge then takes a turn to blaming God for getting me into this mess in the first place, if He cared for me He wouldn’t have allowed this trouble to come.  Then he wants me to follow him, or give up praying, or submit, or admit what a failure I am or something else destructive and demeaning.  It is the same lies used on Eve in the garden, did He really say, do you believe Him, you won’t die.  In these situations we must believe the Word of God, we must cry out to Him for help, we must remember the change that He has brought to us and others.

Psalms 105. 1-22:  Brings to the forefront what our response to temptation should be. “Sing praise to the LORD, tell others what he has done. Sing praises to Him. Speak of His wonders.  Seek the LORD and his strength Seek His face continually. Remember His wonders, HIs marvels, and His judgements.”  When times get tough turn to the God who cares for you, Jehovah, the mighty creator, and sustainer of life.

Philemon is a friend of Pauls who was led to Christ by the preaching of Paul.  Onesimus was a runaway slave owned by Philemon, who ended up being led to the Lord by Paul in another city.  Paul asks Philemon to receive Onesimus back, not as a slave but as a fellow believer, and brother in Christ.  Paul writes this letter of compassion and brotherly love from a prison cell.  Paul didn’t ask anything for himself but for his new brother in Christ.  We often don’t see as God sees, but we see only three dimensions, God sees through the fourth dimension, the spiritual.

Friends our God, Jehovah, cares deeply about all situations you find yourself in, from work, at home, on the road, in the yard, with your neighbors, at church, in politics, He has complete control.  God won’t give up on you, so don’t you give up on God.  He is very fond of you.