Thursday – September 14, 2023

Isaiah 56-59; Psalm 70; 1 Corinthians 16

By: Becky Hill Martin


Why do we have to make things so complicated? We don’t have to eat 15 boxes of cereal and mail in the box tops for a special decoder ring to figure out how to make God happy. We don’t need to learn Morse Code. GPS won’t get us there. Nor do we have to reach the 200th level of (insert your online game of choice here). Pleasing God doesn’t involve secret society-like initiation steps. You don’t have to know a special handshake, repeat a mantra, or perform a ritual. And you never, ever have put your left foot in and shake it all about.

All you need to do is read the Bible, Isaiah 56:1-2 to be specific:

Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you and to display my righteousness among you. Blessed are all those who are careful to do this. Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest and keep themselves from doing wrong.

 Doing what God tells us to do is the complicated part. But, when we do these things, He promises in Isaiah 58:11 to“guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”