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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
Why should you be beaten anymore? Why do you persist in rebellion? Your whole head is injured, your whole heart afflicted.
These are the words that the Lord instructed Isaiah, the prophet, to ask the people of Judah. This word ‘beaten’ probably means beaten down because of their constant turning from the Lord. When a nation is running from the Lord, they seem to lose at everything. Consequently, that works on one’s mind. Isaiah said your head is injured, and your whole heart is afflicted. For Judah, bad thinking had turned into poor choices; consequently, the whole nation suffered from emotional heartache.
I know that Isaiah was speaking to the people of Judah, but what he said also applies to an individual. “When You Don’t Think Right, You Don’t Feel Right.” Thoughts produce actions, and actions emote certain feelings. There’s no doubt that our brains are connected to our hearts. The people of God in the Old Testament had a history of loving God and then rebelling against God. That’s often true of us people. One minute we’re on with the Lord, then something happens that triggers our thought life, and our actions change from following the Lord to wandering from the Lord. Eventually, our emotional makeup feels like we’re on a roller coaster. God says to all of us, “Why do you have to keep on losing? I’m glad that as a young man, I got my head on straight and followed Jesus. My actions then followed, and I’ve gotta say, “I’ve felt better ever since.”
This AM, I’m ready to go. Because I know you are my Lord, I follow your will. I know it’s because I’m doing your will I’m blessed, I’m satisfied and feel as though I am highly favored by you. Thank you, Lord, for going before me to make the crooked paths straight. Amen