July 03, 2018: SOAP #3134: Isaiah 6-7; 2Chronicles 26-27; Philemon
Scripture: Isaiah (NIV) 6:11 Then I said, “For how long, O Lord?” And he answered: “Until the cities lie ruined and without inhabitant, until the houses are left deserted and the fields ruined and ravaged, 12 until the LORD has sent everyone far away and the land is utterly forsaken. 13 And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”
Observation: Judgment was coming to Israel and the prophet wanted to know for how long. It would last until everyone was sent away and the land was forsaken. The trees would be cut down, but the stumps would remain—a stump that contains the life of the tree. God will leave some stumps in the land.
Application: We may have loved ones who have walked away from God. Their spiritual tree has been cut down. It seems that their lives are hopelessly lost—but take courage! A stump remains! A memory remains of something God did for them in the past. A believing friend remains in their circle. A Bible verse is stuck in their memory. A stump with life remains. A new shoot of life is about to burst forth!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am thankful that when satan tries to destroy the tree of life from a believer’s heart—I am thankful that a stump remains. Your plans remain. I call forth the life out of that stump! May you receive the honor you are due, and may the name of Jesus be glorified! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!