Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

Friday, July 24, 2015

July 25 "Personal Pain" Ecclesiastes 5-8

"When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one as well as the other.
Eccl 7:14.

And those times that are bad make us aware of what is really going on inside of us.  One of those 10,000 moments when words and phrases and emotions lash out way too easily.  And we had no idea we harbored such animosity to God's plan.  No idea.

"We naturally believe that our worst problem is personal pain
occasioned by others who relationally fail us.
Because we fear that pain the most, 
we expend our strongest energy to protect ourselves against it.
We think that our greatest good is our immediate satisfaction,
and so we arrange for it any way we can,
whether through drugs and sex or hard work and achievement
or worship times and Christian service.

In every trial that comes our way,
in every heartache we endure,
in every failure we willfully fall into,
in every season of darkness when dreams lie shattered,
we can count on one certainty:
God is at work to make us aware
of how far short we fall of His relational perfection
and to do whatever it takes to get us relating like Him."
Larry Crabb