Devotion Day 51 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 51 – Isaiah 29 – 41:18 – In our reading today, we continue to hear how the people placed their faith and trust in other gods and nations; Egypt specifically. We also hear a good deal about God’s dealings with King Hezekiah; a lot of which we already heard when we read the history of the kings.

Here’s what I walk away with from today’s readings.

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says:

“In repentance and rest is your salvation,
in quietness and trust is your strength,
but you would have none of it.
(Isaiah 30:15)

“In repentance and rest is your salvation; in quietness and trust is your strength.” As it was true for them, so it is true for me, for us. Our salvation lies in repenting and resting in God. Why did they and why do we find this so hard to do? God is the sovereign one, the holy one, the one who loves us. Why couldn’t they, why don’t we place our full trust and faith in God?

Today, when I find myself troubled may I seek to quiet before God and trust in God. For God is my salvation, my strength and my shield. Amen.

The chapter in today’s reading that I really like is chapter 40. If you don’t have time to do nothing else, take some time and read Isaiah 40. For in it you’ll hear some words of comfort. In its opening words I’m reminded of John the Baptist and that we might pass away but God and God’s word endures forever.

Once at a funeral service I conducted for W. D. Carter, I read Isaiah 40:30-31.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

But instead of saying that, I said;

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on ings like weagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

His widow simply smiled and said, he got you didn’t he. W. D. and I had a good relationship as pastor and parishioner. He’s the one who had said to me, “I’ll give you ten mistakes and you’ll give me ten. And when you run out of yours first, I’ll give you ten more. When I run out of mine, you’ll give me ten more. And so on, and so on.” It was a very freeing relationship for a pastor and parishioner.

Next reading: Day 52 – Isaiah 41:19 – 52:12

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