Have you become a part of what pleases God?

August 2, 2021

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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At the beginning I announce the end,
proclaim in advance things not yet done;
and I say that my plan will hold,
I will do everything I please to do.
(Isaiah 46:10 (CJB))

If you have followed me for any length of time, you will know that I use many different translations. I do this because the word choices made during translation can give you different insight into what was originally written. This particular translation went back to the original Hebrew texts. In fact, this translation is the English version of the Complete Jewish Bible.

Most of us who are Gentiles are familiar with this passage being translated like the English Standard Version translates it.

declaring the end from the beginning
     and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
     and I will accomplish all my purpose,’
(Isaiah 46:10 (ESV))

Or, like the New International Version translates it.

I make known the end from the beginning,
     from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
     and I will do all that I please.’
(Isaiah 46:10 (NIV))

At first read, they all say the same thing, but I love the clarity of the Complete Jewish Bible translation. It clearly states that God has told us from the very beginning how He would unfold things to the end. It clearly tells us that He will proclaim His plans for the future and that His plans will not change. I especially love the last line of this translation.

I will do everything I please to do.
(Isaiah 46:10d (CJB))

What pleases God?

If you look back to Genesis and all of the times that God looked at His creation and said that it was good, it is no stretch of the imagination to come to the conclusion that His creation pleases God. Since His creation pleases Him, it stands to reason that He has devised a way to restore His creation to Himself. He told us that He would do it. He has told us at many points throughout His plan exactly what He would do, and He has kept every detail of His plan exactly as He foretold that it would transpire. He is working His plan of redemption because it pleases Him to restore us to the original relationship that He intended for us before the fall from grace in the Garden of Eden.

Are you aware of God’s plans as He has proclaimed them? Have you personally become a part of His plans by accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? It is as easy as ABC.

A is for admit that you are a sinner in need of a savior.

B is for believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and that God raised Him from the dead.

C is for call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.

Have you become a part of what pleases God?

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Do you like the sound of trumpets?

August 13, 2020

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
(1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NIV))

Do you like the sound of trumpets?

When we think of trumpets, we have a tendency to think of jazz music or big band swing, but do you realize that God has used the sound of a trumpet as a way to announce things of great importance to His people? The sound of a trumpet cuts through any other sound. It rises above the noise of the world and boldly proclaims to listen. It boldly proclaims to pay attention. It boldly announces that something is coming!

In this passage, the sound of the trumpet is announcing that those who have professed a faith in Jesus will arise from the dead. That, in and of itself is amazing, but there is more. There is something even more amazing. There is something that only the all powerful Lord God could make happen!

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.
(1 Thessalonians 4:17 (NIV))

To many people, the sound of a trumpet is shrill and harsh, but it is rapidly becoming the instrument that I long to hear above the din of the world! I long to hear the trumpet call of God, for I believe, . . . No! I know beyond any doubt exactly what that will mean! I know that when I hear the trumpet call of God, these events will rapidly take place and the desire to be with the Lord will instantly come true. Does that explain why I like the sound of trumpets?

What about you?

Do you like the sound of trumpets?

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