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STUMBLING BLOCKS

June 3, 2014

Tuesday

 

Isaiah 57:14

 

And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, Remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.”

 

EXAMPLE

 

Herman and Henrietta were touring their brand-new house, a house that Henrietta had paid for with her money, a fact of which she often reminded Herman. In each room of the house, she said to her husband, “Herman, if it were not for my money, we wouldn’t be here.” Herman didn’t say a word.

That afternoon a truck delivered to the house a load of furniture, furniture that Henrietta paid for with her money. After the furniture was in place, the couple toured the house again. As they observed each room, beautifully appointed and magnificently decorated, Henrietta reminded her husband, “Herman, if it were not for my money, this furniture would not be here.” Again, Herman was silent.

Late in the afternoon a truck came with a special piece of furniture which was to be the focal point of the den, a combination stereo-television-computer all wrapped into one gorgeous piece of furniture which Henrietta paid for with her money. When it was in place, Henrietta again addressed her husband, “If it were not for my money that piece of furniture would not be here.” Finally, Herman spoke, “Honey, I don’t want to make you feel bad, but if it were not for your money, I wouldn’t be here!”

 

LESSON

 

Verse 14 is a promised straighten and clearing of the way to God. And it will be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.” The exhortation to prepare a road for the people of faith recalls 40:3-5 which speaks of a road being prepared for the Lord. The preparation makes it possible for the people to return to God.

Like grain God’s Word nourishes, like fire God’s Word compels, and like a hammer, God’s Word breaks us. Two obstacles must be removed before we may receive the peace God wants to give us, so long delayed and frustrated: our false pride and our negative spirit of self-accusation. Then His victory will be ours.

 

Memory Verse: 1 John 2:10

 

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