Staying Under Control

Michael Beck

“If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.” (Isaiah 58:13,14)

It is a good thing to be under God’s tight control. Even the meekest among us can be a “sabbath-breaker” when we get carried away by the heat of our own spirit. When Moses was provoked to anger, “he spake unadvisedly with his lips.” (Ps. 106:33)

The religious too easily confuse their “own” ways, pleasure, and words, for those of God. They think they do God service, but they move and speak without Him. Their “faith” is presumption; their confidence is arrogance; their activity is carnal. There is no greater deception than religious deception.

Sanctify the Lord in your heart. Don’t mistake the force of your own spirit for God’s Spirit. Don’t be a sabbath breaker. Cease from your own works. Strive indeed, but do so lawfully – under the control of God.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.