Isaiah 44:24-25 (KJV): “Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish.”
COMMENTARY: If you read verses 1-28 in this chapter, you’ll discover that God reminds man that He has sovereignty over everyone and everything, for He created them all. No one is like Him, no one can replace Him. He truly is the LORD.
APPLICATION: Do you ever get frustrated at work because things don’t pan out the way “you” planned? Maybe it’s because you’ve elevated yourself to the god of your life. Maybe you’re grown too dependent upon your abilities and resources, your counselors, your knowledge and your wisdom–and in the process, you have crowded God out.
Yes, you’re saved. Yes, you know you’ll spend eternity in heaven. However, you’re not enjoying the abundant life that Jesus proclaimed because God really isn’t #1 in your everyday life. God hates idolatry,
in whatever form it takes. He loves you to depend on Him 100%. Every day. Every moment. In every circumstance. Through the good times and bad. In the victories and defeats. In your strengths and weaknesses. The more you genuinely trust in the LORD and abide in Him, the less frustration you’ll experience and the more supernatural and invigorating your life will be.
Today, if you’re frustrated, please pause to pray. Ask to be filled with the Holy Spirit. He will replace your frustration with peace if you let Him.
For Further Exploration
For further exploration about Matthew 23:2-3 (KJV)，read Living in the New Kingdom (Matthew 18-25) from the Theology of Work Bible Commentary.