Scripture for Today: Isaiah 51:7-8 “Listen to Me. you who know righteousness, A people in whose heart is My law; Do not fear the reproach of man, Nor be dismayed at their revilings. For the moth will eat them like a garment, And the grub will eat them like wool. But My righteousness will be forever, And My salvation to all generations.”
The cold weather will eventually come. Then out will come the heavier clothes from storage. Although I am careful about how I store wool garments, there are sometimes some nasty surprises. Moths can be so sneaky, somehow moving past the moth balls, cedar or lavender to get to that tasty wool. The French call moths, “papillons de nuit” or “butterflies of the night.” That makes sense as all their dirty deeds can take place in the darkness!
Our verse for today contrasts the eternal nature of God’s righteousness to the sure end of those who mock God’s law. There will always be those who oppose the one who follows God’s way. God’s standards are true and absolute. They do not change with time or the current thinking. His righteousness remains far longer than the men who mock it.
Being assured of this truth keeps me firm in my convictions of right and wrong. I am His and His law is in my heart. There is no question of compromise. People may think of me as old fashioned or holding on to archaic ideals. But the Lord does not want me to be dismayed or fearful of the reaction of others. He does not want me influenced by the changing values of the culture around me.
Keep me firmly convinced, Lord, of what You call right and wrong. Thank you for giving me the courage to stand firm.
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.)