Scripture Lesson: Isaiah 48:17
Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
You can tell a lot about a person by their conversation. A person’s conversation can give you insight about their personality. Some people are very analytical so they like to analyze the events of the day. Some people like to look at situations through the eyes of humor. So they will make jokes about current events and see the lighter side of things. Some people are paranoid and suspicious so they question everything. You also get an idea of a person’s core values by their conversation.
In the 48th chapter of Isaiah, you get to see some of the personality of God through His conversation. You can see that God is a caring and compassionate God. He tells them that He warned them about the terrible things that would happen to Israel long time ago, but they would not listen. You can see that God is confident. He tells them that He alone is God. He is Alpha and Omega. You can also tell that one of God’s core values is for His people to prosper.
It is in this conversation that we find our promise for today. He tells Israel that He is the God that teaches and directs. He teaches them how to profit and leads them in the way they should go. God tells them if they had only listened to Him and followed His commandment, they would have had peace flowing like a river. God wanted them to live a fulfilling, success life that was profitable. He did not want them owing anyone. He would teach them to profit.
What an awesome promise! For a business to make a profit, it must make more money than it spends. Every company in business must make more than they spend in order to stay open. Businesses spend millions of dollars on books, programs and consultants every year trying to figure out how to do this. Yet we hear God promising Israel that He will teach them to profit. That promise is available to us today. But we must not be afraid to step out on the things that God tells us to do.
So don’t be afraid of those great, money making ideas that are inspired by God. Notice, it did not say that He was the God that teaches us just how to get by, but the God that teaches us how to profit. God has not changed. He is still the best business consultant there is. His book, the Bible, has been on the best sellers’ list for as long as there has been one.
God wants me to be successful. He has promised to lead and guide me. I will follow His instructions and seek Him when I am confused. I am gratefully rejoicing for the promise that God will teach me to profit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.