I am reading through the book of Isaiah somewhat slowly…This verse really puts my former way of thinking and living in perspective:

You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death, with the grave we have made an agreement. When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by, it cannot touch us, for we have made a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.”
– Isaiah 28:15 (NIV)


When I was living in license, it was a posture of arrogance. It was as if I assumed that God didn’t care and that I could continue to get away with eating that way and not have it affect me emotionally, physically, or spiritually. It was as if I thought I was immune to an “overwhelming scourge.” Other people around me might have health problems as a result of overeating…but surely I wouldn’t die “before my time.” Hello?

Who is supposed to be my refuge? The Lord! Yet, I hid myself in food as my refuge. When Ii was upset, I would run to the food. This was making a LIE my refuge! Oh, Lord! THANK YOU FOR YOUR GRACIOUS RESCUE!

Who is supposed to be my hiding place? The LORD! Yet, I ran to hide myself in food…in more cookies, more pizza, more enchiladas…I had made FALSEHOOD my hiding place!

Oh God, thank you for your forgiveness and grace! May I never return to the lie as my refuge. May I never again focus on faleshood as my hiding place. Thank you, dear Jesus.