What you do today, impacts what will take place in your future!!

“But have you not heard? I decided this long ago. Long ago I planned it, and now I am making it happen…” 

-Isa 37:26

I read these verses this morning in my quiet time.  I am reading through Isaiah using the S.O.A.P bible study method.  I encourage you to try it.  Anyway, I was reading through chapters 36-38 today, about Hezekiah and God spoke to me again about the importance of what I do today.

I say again because the last 2 days I have been at the Orange Conference and yesterday God whispered into my ear these same words.  There was a speaker in one of the main sessions talking about “life in the between” which had to do with the wilderness experiences of life like the children of Israel between Egypt and Canaan.  It was powerful in my heart and mind even though I am not sure why, b/c I don’t think of myself as being “between” anything but maybe I am and don’t realize it.

Anyway, one of the things he said was the things you do as a 20 year old help determine what kind of 40 year old you will be and the things you do as a 40 year old have determining impacts on what kind of 60 year old you will be.  This spoke to me.

Then I read this in Isaiah this morning, “But have you not heard? I decided this long ago. Long ago I planned it, and now I am making it happen…”  as you read the story in ch. 38 of Hezekiah’s pride and taking ownership of what God did, Isaiah announces a judgment on him that will affect his future, especially his children and the Kingdom, negatively!!  Sad thing is that God had just blessed him by adding 15 years to his life and just prior to that promised He was going to destroy the Assyrians b/c He had planned to do so long before then.

I know this is all kind of jumbled but I can’t get away from how God spoke to me through this.  it takes me back to the whole sowing and reaping principle.  Also, it reminds me of what James talks about when he says, that “when sin conceives it brings forth death.  In other words, what i do today, impacts what will take place in my future.  If I sin, then it will have consequences.  So many people live for today, do what they want, like divorce their spouses because they think the grass will be greener on the other side, or eat that second plate of food or dessert, or put that purchase on a credit card, but we all need to realize that what we do today, impacts what will take place in our future, our family’s future and the Kingdom of God.

I don’t want to be like King Hezekiah, who was blessed by God (Assyrian destruction determined beforehand), answered Hezekiah’s prayers (added 15 years to his life and healed him), but in just one…simple…act of pride…negatively affected his future, his family’s and the Kingdoms!  Wow!

I pray, that I will sow seeds of justice and righteousness that will produce a harvest of justice and righteousness that will honor the name of the Lord…for His Name’s Sake!!

mk

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