At first, I frowned and thought, what in the world?
And then, the lightbulb went off.
It was a trail of crumbs left by our youngest son, Kaleb. And they weren’t beads. He had been in my chia seeds.
You see, I top my salad with chia seeds, not because they add a whole lot of flavor, but because they are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, and more. They’re healthy.
Kaleb, on the other hand, just likes to eat them by the handful.
When I first integrated them into my diet, the thought of Kaleb adding the seeds to his list of items slated for regular consumption, never entered my mind. You couldn’t have told me that chia seeds, which taste and feel similar to poppy seeds, would be among Kaleb’s favorite snacks.
The first time he told me with a wide grin, “I love chia seeds, Mommy,” adding, “They’re yummy!” I was confused. They don’t taste like much to me.
But hey, I’m not complaining. At least they’re good to him and for him, even if they are an unconventional snack choice.
Come to think of it, the mess Kaleb left behind a while ago first tipped me off about his appetite for chia seeds. When I saw a countertop full of them, I asked who had spilled them. That’s when he told me he considered them to be a delicious treat.
When things are messy, or out of the ordinary in some way, they tend to capture our attention. That’s why God told the Prophet Isaiah to do something out of the ordinary to capture the attention of Judah, His wayward people.
And capture their attention He did!
In Isaiah 20, God instructed Isaiah to walk around barefoot and naked for three years.
That seemed a bit extreme, right? Yes, it was. And that was exactly the point.
Some of the Lord’s chosen people wanted to rely on Egypt and Ethiopia as allies to protect them from the powerful enemy nation of Assyria. To dissuade Judah from placing their confidence in man, He had Isaiah to preach naked and let them know that, the very ones they were relying on, would be captured, too.
In verses 4-5, God warned, “For the king of Assyria will take away the Egyptians and Ethiopians as prisoners. He will make them walk naked and barefoot, both young and old, their buttocks bared, to the shame of Egypt.”
Isaiah’s nakedness was a sign of the future state of the two nations that Judah was looking to for security and protection. They would be stripped bare, humbled and humiliated.
As Psalm 20:7 NIV says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”
God is honoring your faith with increase because you dared to place your confidence in Him alone!
He is your strength. He fights for you. He is your refuge. He is your hope and salvation. He is the lifter up of your head. He is the supplier of every need. He is the way-maker and joy-giver. In Him is life and peace.
Isaiah’s name means “Yahweh is salvation,” and his mission was to turn the hearts of God’s people back to the Lord.
Sadly, they had lost their way. They became disloyal to the very God that had delivered them, taken care of them and performed unprecedented miracles on their behalf, to the amazement of everyone.
God is sending this message today so you won’t lose your way. He doesn’t want you to view anybody or anything else as your source. He alone will meet your needs. Your security is not in a job, connections, money and manmade symbols of power. It is found in Christ.
The Lord will be everything you need. He is joy in sorrow. He is peace in confusion. He is a provider, healer, deliverer, defender and all you need Him to be, and then some.
Don’t be like Judah.
Don’t be brought to shame by placing your trust in temporal things. Keep your eyes lifted toward the hills from whence cometh your help. Your help comes from the Lord, according to Psalm 121:1.
To remind you to place your hope in the Lord, I’m stirring Romans 10:11 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which tells us, "…Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame."
As you drink down the contents of your cup of inspiration, God is saying one word to you today: believe.
He wants you to believe in His power to do the impossible. Believe in His wisdom to guide you daily. Believe in His ability to break every stronghold that has attached itself to you and your family. Believe in His plan to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future, as Jeremiah 29:11 says.
He is faithful to provide, perform and prevail.
Now let’s pray.
God, please forgive me for misplaced trust. I vow to place my confidence wholly in You and to trust You alone as my security, my defense, my provider, my Savior, my comfort in sorrow, my deliver from affliction, the lifter of my head, and the lover of my soul. It is in You that I live, move, and have my being. Thank You for being everything I need You to be, and more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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