Thursday, February 19, 2009

Food for thought

So, have you ever thought the Bible was outdated? A nice book of stories? Well, I found a couple verses in my daily reading that should disprove it. Think about everything going on with the world economy right now. Then read

Isaiah 33:18-19 (New International Version)

18 In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror:
"Where is that chief officer?
Where is the one who took the revenue?
Where is the officer in charge of the towers?"
19 You will see those arrogant people no more,
those people of an obscure speech,
with their strange, incomprehensible tongue.

Does that ring a bell? Maybe Wall Street? I tell you, listening to the chief officers try to explain some of the financial mess sounds like crazy mixed up gibberish to me. Just a little food for thought.


  1. Wow this really got me thinking...I started looking at the scripture before what you quoted...there's our (and every other Christian's) way out of the crisis:

    14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
    trembling has seized the godless:
    (O) "Who among us can dwell(P) with the consuming fire?
    Who among us can dwell with everlasting burnings?"
    15(Q) He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly,
    who despises the gain of oppressions,
    who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe,
    who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed
    (R) and shuts his eyes from looking on evil,
    16he will dwell on the heights;
    his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks;
    (S) his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. 17(T) Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty;
    (U) they will see a land that stretches afar.
    18(V) Your heart will muse on the terror:

    And then on to what you quoted...

    So who gets out of this unscathed? The one who walks righteously, who speaks the way they should. Doesn't want to gain at someone else's expense. Avoids even the appearance of corruption...and here's the part we've been missing: "Stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shut his eyes from looking on evil". A clear message that its time to stop watching the news, hearing the doom and gloom and instead replace it with the Word. Time for us to strike a pact here and now: No more following the news, going on the various doomsayers' (even if they're right) blogs and time to shut off NPR and other news. They don't have anything we need to hear. Look at how actively the person is avoiding that stuff in this verse: "Stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil" In other words, sounds and sights came across his path, but he made a decision to not listen when it came and actively shut it out. This couldn't be a more clear Word.

    And before there's a comeback such as "we need to know what's coming so we know how to combat it", isn't God well able to give us both the information we need on what's coming and what we need to do to combat it? Being "in the know" can only serve to get us off of what God really wants us focused on and serves no purpose other than satisfying our flesh.

  2. That's my husband! And now I begin my news detox.