Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 4, 2017

“This I know, that God is for me. … In God I have put my trust”

Today’s devotion comes from Isaiah chapter 22.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+22&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“5 For the Lord God of hosts has a day of panic, subjugation and confusion
In the valley of vision,
A breaking down of walls
And a crying to the mountain.
6 Elam took up the quiver
With the chariots, infantry and horsemen;
And Kir uncovered the shield.
7 Then your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
And the horsemen took up fixed positions at the gate.
8 And He removed the defense of Judah.
In that day you depended on the weapons of the house of the forest,
9 And you saw that the breaches
In the wall of the city of David were many;
And you collected the waters of the lower pool.
10 Then you counted the houses of Jerusalem
And tore down houses to fortify the wall.
11 And you made a reservoir between the two walls
For the waters of the old pool.
But you did not depend on Him who made it,
Nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.

12 Therefore in that day the Lord God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing,
To shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.”  Isaiah 22:5-12.

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The people of Jerusalem did not depend on the LORD God of hosts:

“…  But you did not depend on Him who made it,
Nor did you take into consideration Him who planned it long ago.”  Verse 11.

The consequence was punishment:

“Therefore in that day the Lord God of hosts called you to weeping, to wailing,
To shaving the head and to wearing sackcloth.”  Verse 12.

And yet, other doctrine neglects this warning (and other warnings throughout Scripture about trusting man) and continues to depend at least partly on its own works or its own will to be saved.

But, Reformed Doctrine depends entirely on the works of God and the will of God to be saved.

Reformed Doctrine sees the “Total Depravity” of man and does not trust nor depend on itself at all.  Rather, Reformed Doctrine depends entirely on God from beginning to end:   from the beginning of “Unconditional Election” through “Limited Atonement” through “Irresistible Grace” to the end of “Preservation of the Saints”, the “U”, “L”, “I”, and “P” of “TULIP, the Five Points of Calvinism, the Reformed Doctrine of Salvation.

“9 …  This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 Your vows are binding upon me, O God;
I will render thank offerings to You.
13 For You have delivered my soul from death,
Indeed my feet from stumbling,
So that I may walk before God
In the light of the living.”  Psalm 56:9-13.

We notice in Psalm 56:12 that the vows that are binding to save us are not our vows but “Your vows” (that is God’s vows).

“For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.”  And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.  For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.  In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us.”  Hebrews 6:13-18.


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