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Trip and Fall

Isaiah 3:8
NKJV - For Jerusalem stumbled, And Judah is fallen,
Because their tongue and their doings
Are against the Lord,
To provoke the eyes of His glory.

NLT - Judah and Jerusalem will lie in ruins because they speak out against the Lord and refuse to obey him. They have offended his glorious presence among them.-

I was struck by this passage today intially because of the poetic nature of the NKJV translation - "stumbled...fallen..." It brought to mind a track athelete running the hurdles who continually catches himself on the hurdle, never completely clearing it, casing him to stumble and fall. Covered then with scrapes and bruises, he never completes the race. I think I know many people for whom thier mouth erects hurdles in thier path that they are neer able to overcome. Empty promises, unfulfilled commitments, and even unjus accusations agaist God dishonors Him in such a way that He removes himelf from thier lives, leaving them to suffer the consequences of thier rebellion.

The one thing I cannot live without is God's presence. Lord, let me keep my mouth in check and my actions honorable in Your sight. I don't need self-erected hurdles to keep tripping me up. I want to finish my race.

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