Today's Devotional - Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Full Payment

Read - Isaiah 65:6-7

The irony of these verses is that the people had complained that the Lord didn’t listen or respond to their prayers, but here God makes it clear that if He does respond it would not be with favor, but with judgment for the aforementioned sins. We too ought to be sure of the “purity” of our worship- Are we involved in things that followers of Christ ought not to be? Are we giving preeminence to something in our lives we should not be?

Today's Devotional - Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

Chapter 1

Read - Isaiah 65:1-5

The accusation of God against His people is a mix of the charges of hypocrisy and syncretism- or mixing their worship and cultural life in the sinful practices with the pagan nations around them. How are these thoughts reminiscent of chapter 1? Can you identify times of your own hypocrisy or “syncretism”? How has God been patient or gracious with you?

Today's Devotional - Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Read - Philippians 2:5-8

Who do we follow? It’s difficult not to follow the glittery, showy, attention-seeking world around us - the cultural movements that vie for our attention and loyalty. It is impossible to follow no-one, or nothing. We always follow after something. If we choose to follow Christ, how does that impact the nature of our relationships with anyone and everyone?

Today's Devotional - Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Why, O LORD?

Read - Isaiah 63:15-19

Isaiah pleads for the Lord to return to the mode of being His people’s deliverer, as He has been in the past. This is curious, given that the beginning of the chapter seems to indicate the coming of this very thing. What is key is verse 10, and Isaiah acknowledges the present distance of the people from the Lord, due to their sin. While our salvation is secure, our fellowship with the Lord can be strained in seasons of our rebellion. Are you in close communion or yearning for a return to close fellowship?

Today's Devotional - Friday, March 8th, 2019

Yet . . .

Read - Isaiah 63:10-14

Isaiah recounts how the people have rebelled against God, and reflects on the pinnacle event of God’s history with His people, the deliverance from Egypt during the time of Moses. It is helpful for the people of God to recount the faithfulness of God from time to time, and we see this countless times in the Old Testament. Where in your own life can you recount “…this is how you guided [me], to make for yourself a glorious name”? Take some time to reflect and give thanks for how God has been glorified in your story.

Today's Devotional - Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Kindnesses

Read - Isaiah 63:7

Verse seven is a transition verse, and Isaiah is speaking both of the “kindnesses” of God in not just delivering them, but in His empathy for them. “…He became their Savior. In all their distress, He too was distressed…” Hebrews tells us twice in chapters 2 & 4 that He was like us in every way. Truly, He understands us and He fights for us. How do these twin truths encourage you today?

Today's Devotional - Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

More Servant Songs?

Read - Isaiah 61:1-3

While the Servant of Isaiah is not specifically named after His suffering in chapter 53, He does appear, speaking on His own behalf in two passages. We also see Jesus attribute Isaiah 61 to Himself in Luke 4, and John likely used Isaiah 63 as a source imagery for His description of Jesus in Revelation 19. How are the twin characteristics of tenderness and vengeance welcome things for the people of God?

Today's Devotional - Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

God Rejoices Over You

Read - Isaiah 62:5

Rarely do we give just one verse to read, but our goal here is to really saturate oneself and read it multiple times. Isaiah explicitly brings out the marriage language but the focus is on the way that God looks upon His people. Despite all the baggage, it says that He “rejoices” over His bride. Why is that kind of love hard for many to accept? How does such a statement affect the way we think of ourselves?