I was reading Isaiah 1:7-15 this morning and pondering on how these verses apply to my life. In verse 7 there is a cross-reference to Deuteronomy 28:51-52. The verses in Deuteronomy are the prophecy and the verses in Isaiah 1 are the fulfillment of that prophecy. I decided to read a little bit more in Deuteronomy 28 and saw that the preceding verses also matched up with the verses in Isaiah 1. In Deuteronomy 28:45-47 it says:
Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not to the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded thee:
And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.
Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all things;
This has been on my mind for quite some time. I have known I need to repent. I am very grateful today that each time I read the scriptures it applies to whatever happens to be going on in my life. The truth is we are not always asked to do things we enjoy, but the Lord needs us to do them anyway. We need to overcome our sorrow and pride and find it in our hearts to serve Him with joy and gladness.
The verses I was reading in Isaiah spoke of the Israelites performing the actions of the law but not living the heart of the law. They did not serve with joy and gladness. Their service was an unacceptable sacrifice to the Lord. As a result, they were faced with the prophesied curses.
I love this image with Deuteronomy 28:47. I love how it is a reminder to serve with joy and gladness of heart.
Deuteronomy 28:47 encourages us to
“…serve the LORD your God
joy and gladness of heart,
for the abundance of everything…”
Isn’t it true…that we are so richly…abundantly…filled-to-overflowing…with blessings?
I hope wereally see that!
And what is our heart’s response to Him for such loving care and provision?
The awesome God Who has so abundantly cared for us deserves ALL of our praise…
…and ALL of our lives,
…devoted to Him in joyful, gladness
…with ALL of our hearts!!
The Hebrew word used here, translated joy, means blithesomeness or glee.
Do we find our hearts feeling that type of joy when we consider the abundance of God’s love and care for us? He most definately deserves no less!