January 09, 20243 – Tuesday
Isaiah 64:4 NET
4 Since ancient times no one has heard or perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who intervenes for those who wait for him.
Isaiah 64:4 ESV
4 From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him
Isaiah 64:4 NKJV
4 For since the beginning of the worldMen have not heard nor perceived by the ear, Nor has the eye seen any God besides You, Who acts for the one who waits for Him.
Isaiah 64:4 NIV
4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
If you are paying attention, you will have noticed two things. One – this did not make it out Tuesday. And Two – it is not 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 which I said I would be writing about today. But if you read ahead and looked at verses 6-10 you may notice something, namely that the above verse comes from verse 9!
So, what gives? What is going on? Found out today (Tuesday) a dear friend (Frank Abbey) and brother-in-law (married to my sister Carolyn) is dying. And he is going fast, so Sharon and I canceled our Wednesday plans and Tuesday evening plans and traveled to Wellington, Ohio in truly miserable driving weather. But we made it.
I don’t really know what Isaiah 64:4 has to do with his dying and expected death in the near term. But I believe what I read in the verse and somehow it speaks to me as I hurt for my sister as well as for Frank’s sons and grandsons and granddaughter.
There are no God’s beside the one true God. When I hear the wind sing in the trees or in the bushes, it is only Him that I perceive. When I see the incredible world around me, it is only Him that I am aware of. And yes, I wait for Him. But Frank’s waiting and end is more imminent unless God decides it is time for a major miracle. And Frank is a man who loved nature, hunting, fishing, and even training boy scouts. Plus, he made my sister happy.
I know how I would judge Frank. But the only judgment that matters is that of God the Father and whether Jesus will stand with him before the Father. From everything I know about Frank, Jesus will stand with him before the Father. His wait is almost over.
Bottom Line: Are you prepared to stand before our Heavenly Father? Will Jesus be standing beside you claiming you as one of His own?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to be prepared to stand before You with Jesus at our sides claiming us as His own. And turning to each of us saying, “Well done good and faithful servant.” – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
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