Today's Devotional - Friday, February 15th, 2019

Light of the World

Read - Isaiah 60:19-20, Revelation 21:23, John 1:1-9

For Israel, and most today as well, all of life revolved around the schedule of sun and moon - night and day. Isaiah writes of a time in which our lives will no longer be governed by celestial spheres, but by the light and presence of God himself. How does such a strong “light” theme in the prophets speak to John’s writing in chapter 1? What do you make of what he has to say about Jesus?

Today's Devotional - Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Peace at Last

Read - Isaiah 60:17-18, Romans 14:17-19

Every empire that ever existed stayed that way through violence and force. God’s kingdom will reign in peace, and His people will know peace for ages to come. Such peace will not be maintained by ongoing and continual devastation, but by the transformation that God brings. How do we, as believers, pursue such peace in the present? Is it possible that doing so would give others a glimpse of things to come?

Today's Devotional - Tuesday, February 12th, 2019

From Every Direction

Read - Isaiah 60:4-7, Philippians 2:10

Isaiah says people shall come from all over, naming regions to the South, East and North. God’s praise will not be limited to the Jews in Jerusalem but will extend far beyond its borders. Such praise will manifest in the way the world turns to the Lord and His throne as never before. How does Isaiah’s imagery connect with what Paul has to say to the Philippians?

Today's Devotional - Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Covenant Community

Read Isaiah 59: 21

In this beautiful final verse, God promises again to the community of His people a covenant to come. This time He declares it to be a covenant of His Word and His Spirit, the two gifts of the New Covenant. The fulfillment of this verse is why we gather for worship together today at GBC, and all across the globe. Come with a heart full to declare His praise!

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

The Redeemer

Read Isaiah 59: 15b-20

In a powerful picture of God’s saving acts, His righteousness, God takes the saving of His people on Himself. Notice the imagery of Ephesians 6 in the Redeemer donning Himself with the “full armor of God”. (Also note that He has no offensive weapon, but that He will deliver by the strength of His own arm, verse 16b). At every turn, Isaiah reveals the Gospel, God saving a people disobedient and unable to save themselves. Praise Him today!

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

True Repentance

Read Isaiah 59: 9-15a

The people respond and admit to a laundry-list of sins, (verses 13-14). Repentance and forgiveness is the pattern of a Gospel-centered life. This begins when the Servant suffers on our behalf, and we turn to Him in repentance, and the Lord grants forgiveness -- full and free! This is also the pattern for our lives in Christian community -- repentance followed by forgiveness and freedom. Where is repentance and forgiveness needed in your relationships today?

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

Spiders and Snakes

Read Isaiah 59: 1-8

Isaiah answers the question of 58:3, by bringing his accusation to the people. Here it is gross injustice, (verses 3-4), where in chapter 57 it was pagan idolatry, and in 58 hypocritical religiosity. Isaiah uses the colorful picture of spiders and snakes to illustrate the futility of pursuing selfish gain, while being unjust and violent to the needy. How are you, how is our church, working to speak for the cause of the voiceless, and to bring protection and care for the marginalized?

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

True Worship

Read Isaiah 58: 6-14

In these verses the Lord describes a form of worship that gives up food, not for reasons anchored in self, but for the benefit of others. It is as if Isaiah is saying, “If you’re going to inconvenience and deprive yourself in the name of the Lord, do it for the sake of those in need.” This is the message of Isaiah -- this Gospel worship, giving ourselves away and setting others free, as the Servant gave Himself away and set us free.

Today's Devotional - Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

The Appearance of Worship

Read Isaiah 58: 1-5

What was the issue with the practice of fasting here? According to Leviticus 23: 26-32, when was fasting required? So this ritual fasting was voluntary. Are there times when you observe additional religious rituals hoping to curry God’s favor or blessing? Ask the Lord to reveal any false worship in you, and confess it to Him today.