Friday, March 28, 2014

365 Days with God - Day 98: The Last Days

I'm giving myself a challenge. Read the Bible each day for a whole year, following the ESV Study Guide 1-year plan. Each day, I will post whatever God has revealed to me in His Word, and how it is changing me. A friend of mine once said that nothing has changed her life as much as reading the bible each day - and I'm excited for how this will change me. Join me on an adventure into the heart of God - and day by day, we can learn more about who He is and what that means to us!

- Andy Catts

Day 98, March 28, 2014
Readings: Psalm 98, Leviticus 4:1-35, Leviticus 5:1-13, Isaiah 2, 1 Corinthians 16

Sometimes the Bible gives us a glimpse into the unknown, or even the future. Just a small glimpse. One that could have a profound effect on our lives, impacting the things we do, even today. What is God telling you through this passage?

In that day mankind will cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold,
which they made for themselves to worship,
to the moles and to the bats,
to enter the caverns of the rocks and the clefts of the cliffs,
from before the terror of the LORD,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
when he rises to terrify the earth.
Stop regarding man in whose nostrils is breath,
for of what account is he? (Isaiah 2:20-22)

This passage says a lot in it's simplicity.

1.) Mankind will realize that worshipping created things (idols of money & possessions) is worthless.
2.) We will be so desperate that we leave them behind in our search for relief.
3.) Why are you waiting for the end times to turn to God instead of stuff?

A day is coming when all the money and possessions in the world won't help us. A day when the true God is returning to earth to reclaim what is His. This is no secret, it's readily apparent throughout the Bible. But along with every prophecy of the last days comes an admonition about the present. A call to something more than what we're currently experiencing. A call to follow God differently.

If everything earthly (possessions, fame, fortune, etc) is going to pass away, why do we spend so much time chasing after it? Why do we worry about making more, being more, having more? God is not saying that possessions are bad, but the idolization of possessions is! Letting our lives rise and fall based on our income, or our stuff, is foolish.

God promises that He will return to lay low the proud, to establish once and for all his reign and rule, with no others standing before him. Will you be someone that chooses to bow, or someone that He must topple? 

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