Today’s Reading: Isaiah 40:1-15
Having predicted the ministry of John the Baptist (vs 1-5), who prepared the way for the Lord, Isaiah moves on to speak of the coming of the Lord, Jesus Christ (vs 6-11). In the midst of human fragility and mortality (vs 6-8) there is only one stable thing; the word of God (v 8) that gives certain and confident hope. And here Isaiah gives precise definition to that hope of Saviour that had been embedded in God’s Word from the very beginning. This Saviour, when he comes, is God himself coming to us (v 9). The central fact of the Gospel is written here in Isaiah; ‘Here is your God!’ Here, in Jesus Christ, we are confronted by God. Here, in Jesus Christ, God stands before us, and commands us to believe in him. This Saviour, when he comes, is the Sovereign Lord (v 10) who rules with almighty power, a power so great that even the nations are by contrast just an insignificant drip of water in a bucket or a weightless speck of dust on a set of scales (v 15). This Saviour, when he comes, does a mighty work that results in the salvation of many, that results in rebels being restored to a right relationship with him. Our salvation is his reward, our reconciliation to God makes his incarnation worthwhile (v 11; Isaiah 53:11; Hebrews 2:10). This Saviour, when he comes, is the Shepherd (v 11); deeply concerned; deeply compassionate; deeply caring; understanding our weakness; understanding our lostness; carrying us close to his heart. (John 10:11,14)
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
If today was the last day of your life, or if tomorrow is the end of the world, what would you do?
I get asked this question really often. And I am sure that because of the recent events in our country, a lot of people have been contemplating on their own answers. Some are skeptical and they would say the world is not really going to end. I personally believe that the end of the world is inevitable because the Bible tells me so. Whether it is going to come before, during, or after the so-called 'Big One', I have no power to tell. For the Bible also tells us that no one will be able to tell the exact time (Mark 13:32). Regardless of whether you believe or not, one thing we can all agree on is that each and everyone of us is mortal - we will each have a last day to our own lives. The thing is, if you have to think of what you would rather be doing or what you should be doing on that day, that means you are not living the life you are supposed to be living. And you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing. Or you are doing what you are not supposed to do. You see, the answer to the question I mentioned above should be easy, 'if today was my last day, or tomorrow happens to be the end of the world, so be it, I know where I will go once my life on earth ends. I know the One who promised me that He will never leave me nor forsake me. I will just go about my usual day, doing the things I usually do, because my everyday is lived as if it's my last day to glorify God - living, loving, worshiping'. How about you?
“Test me, Lord, and try me; examine my heart and mind” (Ps.26:2). Pierce me to the heart and show me the areas in my life where you want to see a change of direction. Thank you for your kindness in leading me to repentance. Help me now to follow you. Amen.
"But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me."
-Micah 7:7 NIV
What the Lord our God has ordained to be is always worth the wait. Therefore, keep patient. Have hope and eagerly await the Lord’s will to prevail.
“Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.””
Isaiah 35:3-4 🙌🏼⚡️ Our God is mighty to save!
Jesus, drive into my heart a deeper longing to seek you and your grace above the things that this world may throw at me today. Anxiousness is unnecessary today and can only come up when I take my eyes off of you. Thank you for all that you have done for me and continue to do for me. Thank you for your love, Lord. Amen.
God, You are the shepherd of our hearts; You are forever-faithful and grant us everything we need. Your goodness, comfort and protection surround me. For Your Word says, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23: 4, 6). When we face darkened valleys and roads in life, may You remind me that You are with me. You are faithful and Your promises are true.
Apparently the word Cities in hebrew is closely related to the word stronghold, and all of a sudden this verse speaks volumes. Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom! Let all that is not of the Lord be rooted out of our hearts and lives #dailyscripture#nowreading#catholicbookshelf
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The gospel writer Matthew quoted that same passage. Called by Jesus from a life of cheating his fellow Israelites, Matthew describes how Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy by taking His salvation “beyond the Jordan” to “Galilee of the Gentiles” (Matthew 4:13–15). Who would have believed one of Caesar’s tax collector thugs (see Matthew 9:9), a street addict like Brian, or people like us would get a chance to show the difference between light and darkness in our own lives? #dailyscripture#dailybibleverse#dailybread#biblestudy
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There are some who say that they can’t believe in God because He can’t be seen. Yet, His handiwork is all around us to see. The psalmist spoke about this nearly 3000 years ago. The heavens proclaim His righteousness. Just yesterday, I witnessed the most stunning sunrise. The colors and expanse of it nearly took my breath away. No man can create a sunrise or sunset. They are the realm of God alone. 📖
It astounds me how anyone can witness such an incredible sight and not see the fingerprints of God. Everyone on earth has a chance to see His glory. The problem with most people is not that they can’t see God; it is that they refuse to look. Accepting God as an authority in your life means that you can’t live only for yourself anymore. Human nature pushes is to be selfish and independent. Our culture flaunts these same ideals. 📖
But the Bible tells us that we must be dependent upon the Lord. So rather than deal with this we would rather push God away and make excuses as to why we can’t live a life dependent upon Him. But the scripture tells us that excuses don’t fly. Even if no one has ever been told about God, the heavens proclaim His handiwork. It is there for all to see. There is no excuse good enough for not relying on God. There is no excuse good enough for not believing in Him either.✝️
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