Memory Verse - (Oct 16-23)
Our Memory Verse for this week comes from Isaiah 47, where God addresses Babylon in her delusion that "no one sees" the evil she commits. In our third Devotional on the topic of Delusion, we want to look at why "good" people do bad things. Clever people can do evil in the darkness and "get away with it" if they're careful. They fool everyone, don't they? It is true that the outside appearance of man is rarely ever a good indicator of what is going on in the heart. Yet given the right circumstances (the right darkness, the right excuse, the right justification), what is in the heart will come out, regardless of attempts to hide it. People commit their deeds in the darkness because they believe it hides them from judgement. But their cleverness, their knowledge, that they trust in to keep them from judgement is a delusion. Spiritual darkness is full of delusions - there is one for every personality and inclination. These delusions are excuses to do evil and "not be seen," but thankfully for the righteous, God sees all and He will offer justice.
May we be thankful that God does see the heart of man and that His light penetrates all the delusions of mankind. May we watch against the delusions of the world, secure in the Word of God by His Holy Spirit that testifies in us as the witness of God's Light, which is the Light of men, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Our Memory Verse for this week is
“You felt secure in your wickedness and said, ‘No one sees me,’ Your wisdom and your knowledge, they have deluded you” (Isaiah 47:10a).
Other verses to consider:
“The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, 'I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.'" (Genesis 8:21)
"O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud. How long shall the wicked, O Lord, How long shall the wicked exult? They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and the stranger And murder the orphans. They have said, 'The Lord does not see, Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.' Pay heed, you senseless among the people; And when will you understand, stupid ones? He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see? He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke, Even He who teaches man knowledge? The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath." (Psalm 94:1-11)
“Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man." (Matthew 15:17-20)
“For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.” (Luke 6:44-46)
“And He said to them, 'You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.'" (Luke 16:15)