through His Word
This Bible study, written by Beebe Kauffman (my mother), has helped me to better understand how God works in our lives on a daily basis. God is always working—guiding, transforming, equipping. I want to share with you a passage from Isaiah: Setting Things Right that I love. It describes the sanctification process and how God works in our lives.
What’s involved in God setting things right?
“Turning from sin to God prepares the way for Him to set things right in our hearts and minds, but the process doesn’t happen overnight. He has a lot to do. He cleanses, renews, and builds up every facet of how we think, what we value, our perspective on life and relationships, and the level of our commitment to serve Him and to help others.
The process takes time, but that time is put to good use. As we walk through life with God—learning, changing, and growing in our relationship with Him—we come to know Him well. Our love for Him grows stronger. Our allegiance to Him becomes more steadfast. Choosing Him and His ways in the situations of life can become a habit, a lifestyle. But it’s not like choosing to follow a stranger, or choosing a lifestyle that is foreign to you. It becomes embracing a way of life that Someone you love has directed you into. If we take the time to know our heavenly Father and work with Him to set things right in the way that we think, choose, and live, then we will be supremely blessed. God works within us to make Godliness and spiritual soundness a reality that we ‘breathe.’” - Isaiah: Setting Things Right
I love that line about not choosing to follow a stranger, but Someone we love. As God works in our lives to transform us from pursuing sinful habits to habits that build up and don’t destroy, we will come to know Him for who He is—Shepherd, Hero, Healer. As we know God more and the glories of who He is, we have motivation to follow Him instead of our own sinful ways. And God knows the process takes time. I’m so grateful for how patient He is.
If you would like to discover more about how God sets things right in our hearts, minds, and daily lives, check out Isaiah: Setting Things Right on our website. We have posted a sample of the book, along with reviews from Writer’s Digest and others. My own review of the book is there too. This study taught me about God’s heart of love, forbearance, and holiness like few studies have. I highly recommend it for a personal study or a group one. It has changed how I view sin, God, and our relationship with Him, and I never want to forget the principles I have learned.
Here’s the link to Amazon as well, in case you’d be interested in an ebook version of the study: Isaiah: Setting Things Right on Amazon.
God does set things right. For each of us who turn to Him. He cleanses and renews, repairs and makes whole. He is the hero we all need.
I also want to connect you to Beebe’s blog where she shares application from Scripture and “Lessons from Home.” Check it out here: Beebe's blog.
Excerpt taken from Isaiah: Setting Things Right © Copyright 2013 by Beebe Kauffman
This devotion © Copyright 2014 by Katy KauffmanIsaiah: Setting Things Right, Beebe Kauffman, God heals and restores, forgiveness, An Excerpt from ISAIAH: SETTING THINGS RIGHT, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies