Peace and Profit

I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to benefit, who leads you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.  Isaiah 48:17-18 NASB

God didn’t promise insignificant blessings. Jesus Himself said He came to bring us life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Think about all God promised Israel. He promised to teach them to benefit,to direct them and give them overwhelming peace. They would experience a wave of righteousness. Their families would be blessed. They would have an intimate relationship with Him.

But there was a condition: They had to pay attention to His commands, know and obey His Word, and follow Him. He reminded them that “there is no peace for the wicked (v. 22). Ungodly people may seem to enjoy pleasures and rewards, but they never can have His peace.

God warned His people not to listen to or follow those who promised false rewards. They were to flee these influences. When they remembered all that God had done for them, they were to be filled with joy. They would realize the many ways He had provided for them, guided them, and protected them. Even when everything seemed hopeless, He was with them.

God promises these same rewards for you – that same peace and joy. He will guide you in the way you should go,and teach you how to profit. Do not follow the false gods and deceptive promises in the world. Instead, seek to know God. Obey Him. Follow Him. Trust Him. Seek first His Kingdom. Be confident that He will give you His peace.

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