Isaiah 60 - Day 546 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Isaiah 60:1-7
Commentary (bethmelehk.com): The idea of Israel’s redemption both physical and spiritual is implicit in the text and is illuminated by the Targum. In the context of the prophet’s time the physical redemption relates to Israel’s pursuant return from Babylonian captivity. However, in the prophetic present (past, present, future) the prophet is clearly speaking of the redemptive work of the Messiah, Who is implicitly referred to in 59:21 as the “Word”, and is known in Scripture as “Or Ha-olam: The Light of the World” (Yochanan [John] 8:12).
Application: Without light, everyone stumbles around in the darkness trying to make sense of where they are. Having a relationship with Jesus makes life so much easier because he lights the way.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, shine your light upon me...
Isaiah 59 - Day 545 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Isaiah 59:1-8
Commentary (melissabeaty.com): This chapter reveals God’s approach to the problem of sin. First, He instructs us as to what is happening. He says that our sins have separated us from Him. He clearly states what those sins are and tells us that being in sin is like being blind; you fumble around unable to find any light. When we are in sin, we are removed from righteousness, justice, and deliverance. Choosing to follow crooked paths instead of a straight path, we have chosen to remove ourselves from the very things that can help us.
Application: Sin not only separates us from God, but it also makes us stupid. Repent and believe the good news of Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, give me a heart to love You more...
Isaiah 58 - Day 544 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Isaiah 58:8
Commentary (bethmelekh.com): Israel had complained that God was not hearing them. Thus, God explained to them the hypocrisy of their practise and the reason that they were not being blessed or rewarded for it. Now, having given Israel a pattern for godly fasting, He also gives them a promise for the progression of blessing and renewal that will result from their repentance and godly actions.
Application: God is more concerned with who we are becoming than what we are doing. Do I like who I am becoming?
Prayer: Lord, sanctify me with You Holy Spirit...
Isaiah 57 - Day 543 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Isaiah 57:21
Commentary (bethmelekh.com): It is impossible for those who are determined to resist God to receive His peace, wholeness and well-being. Why? The answer is quite simple, love is a choice to commit wholeheartedly to another, though the other might love unconditionally, none the less, if that love is refused it cannot be received. The Love, mercy, grace, and peace of God are offered to all but only those who accept His free gift will receive it. An unwrapped gift cannot be enjoyed, a bride cannot be married until she says “I do”, a woman cannot conceive unless she receives her husband, love cannot exist without freewill, and relational love cannot be experienced unless it is responded to. Therefore, “‘There is no (everlasting) peace, wholeness and well-being,’ says My God, ‘for the wicked’”
Application: In love, God gave us the freedom to either choose Him or reject Him. Personally, for whatever reasons, I think most people avoid making a decision and have inadvertently decided to reject God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, please reveal yourself...
Isaiah 56 - Day 542 (link to today's reading)
Scripture: Isaiah 56:2-8
Commentary (melissabeaty.com): The believer is not to give up on God just because God has not yet answered one’s prayers. God explicitly promises rewards to those who endure. Even when it seems that God has removed Himself, He promises to return again to those in a covenant relationship with Him. Every sacrifice that one has made (physical sacrifices for the Jew and spiritual sacrifices for the Christian) will be honored by God.
Application: Focus on what I/we can do and not on what we haven't done yet. One step at a time is all God asks of us.
Prayer: Lord, Thy will be done...
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