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God is Lord
By Carolyn Freeman
March 18, 2011


Scripture
Isaiah 45: 5-6
5  I am the Lord, and there is no other,
         beside me there is no God;
         I equip you, though you do not know me,
6  that people may know, from the rising of the sun
         and from the west, there is none beside me;
         I am the Lord, and there is no other.

Devotion
In the Beth Moore study on Daniel, she compared the Babylon of Daniel’s day with materialism and self-absorption of our present day society.  Think of how many times we are concerned with ourselves—and our culture encourages it!   How many times have you heard phrases such as “you need to watch out for numero uno,” “it’s the me generation,” “it’s my way or the highway?” The glitz of Hollywood, the American Idol scene, the popular music idolizing sex, money, bling, and drugs are examples of the “me” culture.  

It is scary to think that we have not learned from history. The Israelites turned their backs on God and were disobedient.   The Babylonian kings expected their subjects to worship them; and subjects who did not worship the king paid for this with their lives.  Today we don’t lose our life by not bowing down to our president or governor.  Instead we bow down to things such as our houses, sport teams, money, success, possessions and _________.  (Fill in the blank if you have a contribution!)   Do we look at this as turning our back on God?  No, we worked hard and we deserve this! 

What does the Bible say?  In Isaiah, we are told God is Lord—there is no other.  He takes care of us and gives us all we need. (See Matthew 6:28 about the lilies of the field.)   We don’t need to depend on ourselves as we think we do.  The Bible says God has equipped us.  Whether we are talented musically, artistically, or academically, it comes from God and we are to use our talents for His glory, not ours. 

Many of us heard from our parents, when we were young, “Don’t get too big for your britches.”   Watch out that you don’t “bust your buttons” on your britches.    Keep God as number one and your life will fall in place—on His schedule.   He isn’t your co-pilot; he’s the pilot and chief of staff.

Prayer
Dear Lord, You have blessed us in so many ways.  Thank you for taking care of us and letting us lean on you. Please help us to remember that you Lord of all aspects of our lives.  We lift this prayer to you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

Other scripture references
Is 45:5-6; 1 Cor 8:6

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