Friday, July 31, 2015

August 1 Isaiah 18-22

Isaiah 22:22-24 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat[h] of honor for the house of his father. All the glory of his family will hang on him...

Those who are called to power should rule with dignity and delight. Gill's Commentary says they should be like fathers and mothers to those under their rule. How beautiful is that? If we use people for our ministry advantage, we may look good on paper but our hearts have missed on our purpose on this earth.  

"The glory of this world gives a man no real worth or excellence; it is but hung upon him, and it will soon drop from him." We may be important and die a noble death like The Parade of a President. Or we may die a pauper, unknown to many. Yet we are all the same. All answer not for earths' achievements. Our faith must be hung on Christ  and not on any man. 

July 31 "Hands Stretched Over the USA" Isaiah 13-17

"This is the plan determined for the whole world.
This is the hand stretched out over all nations.
For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and
Who can thwart him?  His hand is
Stretched out, and who can
turn it back? Is 14:26

He will accomplish His Purposes on this earth.
The whole world sums up all of history.
Even today, when many have
Forgotten Him.  He is.
He judges.
According to Endicott
these words point to the idea
of a universal history. The fall of Babylon.
The fall of Assyria. Babylon & Assyria don't stand alone.
"But both form part of a scheme embracing all nations and all ages."

His Hand is stretched over my enemies.
I'm in the Shadow of the Almighty.
Under the Cup of His Hand.
My darkness is no more.
Dispelled by Light &
Cared by Might.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July 30 "Sweep Your Hand" Isaiah 9-12

"And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end." Isa 9:6.
Can we Fathom "no end"???

Can I embrace the present and find a Wonderful Counselor? 

A God Who sweeps His Hand (Isa 11:15) across my raging waters that I may cross in sandals not sails. Dryshod!  All impediments to His Will dried up on both sides. 

July 29 "Attached" Isaiah 5-8

20 Woe to those who call evil good
    and good evil. Isa 5:20. 

It is beautiful when we see what we are doing. When we focus on what we are doing wrong. 

Isaiah was spent. And when the king died, it was too much for him. Isa 6:1. May we never live attached to anyone but Him. 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28 "White Hot" Isaiah 1-3

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”
    says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
    they shall be like wool."
Isaiah 1:18

Straight from the mouth of God. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

July 27 "Taken" Song of Solomon 1-8

Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
SS 2:13

I am my Beloved's.
And He is mine.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

July 26 "The Battle Goes To..." Ecclesiastes 9-12

The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favor to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.
Eccl 9:11

There is a Divine Providence at work in all. It's not about what happens to us. It's all about what's happening within.