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It's the Little Things

Today's Scripture: Isaiah 17-20
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Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom. - Song of Songs 2:15

Many Christians treat sin as some people treat extreme weather. They feel invincible and don't perceive it as a threat. Consequently, they aren't prepared to meet each day as it comes. Their quiet time takes a back seat to hurried morning preparations and the rush to get to work; they begin to compromise their values here and there. Over a period of time, their spiritual life degenerates into nothing.

In Isaiah 17:4, we read a sobering prophecy: "In that day the glory of Jacob will fade; the fat of his body will waste away." God was saying what would happen to His people because they had turned their backs on Him. The glory of Jacob was numerical strength. But God said this glory was going to fade slowly away like the body of a person with a lingering disease. Little by little, sin would take its toll until finally the nation would be nothing but skin and bones. In Isaiah 17:10, God's assessment of the cause is clear: "You have forgotten God your Savior; you have not remembered the Rock, your fortress."

Are there little things in your life that don't bring honor to God? Are there areas of compromise that have begun to undermine your walk with Him? If so, bring them to the Lord and seek His forgiveness and restoration. The time to deal with it is now. If you wouldn't think of walking in winter without a coat or hiking in the desert without a canteen of water, don't begin your day without a time of personal fellowship with the Lord. It really is a matter of spiritual life or death.

Prayer

Lord, search me and bring to mind the little things that prevent me from walking with You. Amen.

To Ponder

Is there any "little" thing you are doing, or perhaps some subtle thing you are tolerating in your environment, that has compromised your walk with God?


The text for this devotional comes from the NavPress book Daily Discipleship, which features devotionals taken from radio broadcasts by long-time Navigator LeRoy Eims. For more information or to order a copy, visit the NavPress website.

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