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