Day 211

Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 54-58

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and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.

Isaiah 55:1 NIV 

One of my favorite verses in the Bible!

I think we can all relate to being thirsty or hungry.

Think of those moments you have gone to the fridge and stood there looking . . .

It’s not that there isn’t food and drink . . . but rather there is nothing there that fills the craving or the need you have at that moment.

Not with God. God promises that if you come to Him, your thirst will be gone.

Not only will your thirst be gone, but God promises FREE REFILLS!!!!

This passage inspired Kutless to write the following:

All who are thirsty
All who are weak
Come to the fountain
Dip your heart in the stream of life
Let the pain and the sorrow
Be washed away

Click for video: Kutless “All who are thirsty”

Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 59-63

 

 

 

Dy 210

Today’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 49-53

For he bore the sin of many, 
and made intercession for the transgressorsIsaiah 53:12c
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Over 50 years ago Old Testament Scholar, Dr. Kyle M. Yates, stated that the passages in Isaiah 53 are the Mount Everest of the Messianic prophecies. Like Mount Everest, the beauty and grandeur of the words stand out. They stand out because they reveal to us the person of Jesus and take us to Mount Calvary centuries before his arrival.
From the time Isaiah wrote these words, people searched and hoped for the coming Messiah. During the 12th century, Jewish scholars reinterpreted these passages as descriptions of the suffering of the nation of Israel and not as an individual.
This new interpretation still does not answer the question, “How could the nation pay the price for sin?”

The question for you today is how do you respond to the prophecy?

How do you respond to the promise of the One who will come to save you from your sin?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 54-58

Day 209

Tomorrow’s Reading – 2 Kings 19 and Psalms 46, 80, and 135

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way and
the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3
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The message over and over that comes to us from God is this: “Do not be afraid!”

Why? “I am with you”

Lose your job? – God is with you.

Investments take a tumble? – God is with you.

Bad news from the doctor? – God is with you.

Flood waters rising? – God is with you.

Storms of Life raging? – God is with you.

Get the picture?

This is not a fatalist view of the world. This is a view that has God in the midst of your life. God cares what happens to you. And in the midst of whatever might be going wrong in your life at this moment – God is with you.

Seek Him . . . Find comfort . . . find strength . . . find grace for the day.

Tomorrow will come and . . . God will still be there with you!

Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 49-53

Day 208

Today’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 44-48

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Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,‘The potter has no hands’?  
Isaiah 45:9b

Isaiah continues with more good news.

God is greater than any enemy you may have.

God will be victorious and Isaiah is laying out how this will take place (BTW, his prophecy was accurate!)

God is calling out Cyrus a century before he was born as the instrument of God’s victory.

God asks, “Who are you to question MY ways?” “Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’”

God is making it clear to His people and to the world – I am GOD and there are none other like me!

This is one of those moments when you want to yell, “Go God! You tell ’em – those stupid idiot, Isrealites should have known better”

However, it is in that moment that you begin to realize that God is speaking to you and your voice quickly trails off into silence.

Ever had one of those moments?

It’s okay. People who have followed God have been having them for centuries.

Question is “What will you do with your moment?”

Humbling when God works that way.

Tomorrow’s Reading – 2 Kings 19 and Psalms 46, 80, and 135

Day 207

Today’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 40-43

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With whom, then, will you compare God? To what image will you liken him?
As for an idol, a metalworker casts it, and a goldsmith overlays it with gold and fashions silver chains for it.  
Isaiah 40:18-19
Isaiah offers words of comfort. In the midst of your circumstances, God is still God.

We spend so much time crafting things to bring us comfort, yet none of them last.

No matter your circumstances this day, look to God and find comfort that He knows your situation and has a plan for your life.

Not just any plan, but a plan that will bring honor and glory to Him.
Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 44-48

Day 206

Today’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 37-39 and Psalm 76

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At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery. Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”

“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”

The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”

“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”   Isaiah 37:1-4

If you have consistently been the little dog in a fight and the opportunity to be the big dog come, it is hard to resist.

Hezekiah is faced with this problem. The King has been consistently second fiddle to Assyria, but here comes Babylon – a small and second-rate nation.

Pride overcomes Hezekiah. He takes the opportunity to show off. After all, it has grown tiresome being in second place. This opportunity to be #1 feels good.

Hezekiah’s pride will be a stepping stone to the downfall of the people and will lead them eventually into Babylonian captivity.

Where will your pride lead you and your family?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 40-43

 

Day 205

Today’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 35-36
The burning sand will become a pool, the thirsty ground bubbling springs. In the haunts where jackals once lay, grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.  Isaiah 35:7 NIV

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The idea of burning sand becoming a pool is a nice thought considering the heat wave we have experienced this week.
Every community pool was filled to capacity as people sought relief from the heat.

Imagine how the people would have responded to this message from Isaiah. They lived in the midst of the desert. Bubbling springs and cool pools were things you wished for . . . and yet here is a promise that they are to come.
But how?
Isaiah is delivering God’s message of redemption. Redemption not only for mankind, but for all of creation. Everything changed for mankind and the world when sin entered. God has promised to reclaim His Creation and to return it to its intended design and purpose.
I like that promise. I want that promise. Not only my life made right, but all of creation made right.
I join with the voices of old and pray, “May that Day come.”
Tomorrow’s Reading – Isaiah Chapters 37-39 and Psalm 76