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December 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Promises from Isaiah 5


Isaiah 35:10

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain gladness and joy,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

Thought for Today

If you take this whole section together, Isaiah 35:1-10 you will see that Isaiah is painting the picture of the coming of the Messiah. He will transform the desert wasteland into a lush and peaceful garden. This is the reversal of the curse placed upon the world in time of Adam’s rebellion, when the lush and beautiful world began to deteriorate because of the sin visited on all of creation by mankind. Isaiah sees a time when the garden will be restored in all of its splendor. He ends the vision with the descendants of Adam and Eve returning to the lavish garden and finding joy. This is still our hope. The process began when Jesus established a highway through His cross that will take us from the barren desert of this world to the lavish garden it will one day become. All creation will be restored and we will enjoy its fruits again.

 

Prayer

Creator of All, keep me strong as I journey through the desert of this world, that I may keep my eyes and heart fixed on the renewed Garden You are preparing. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile. ― J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Quote of the Day

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. ― Douglas Adams

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December 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Promises from Isaiah 4


Isaiah 35:8

And a highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;
the unclean shall not pass over it.
It shall belong to those who walk on the way;
even if they are fools, they shall not go astray.

 

Thought for Today

Jesus declared that He is “the Way” (John 14:6). Isaiah foretold that the One to come would establish a smooth road, easily traversed, a highway called “the Way of Holiness.” The highway was established at Jesus’ cross, when He declared, “It is finished.” From that moment on everyone who looked to Him in faith would be able to walk on the highway of His holiness. No unclear person can enter this highway, for the very entrance into Christ makes a person clean. Once you are on the highway of His grace you cannot get lost or go astray. This is Isaiah’s prophetic way of saying we will be saved by grace, through faith in Christ alone.

 

Prayer

Lamb of God, thank You for establishing a highway of Your grace. Help me to ever walk on that road and never depart from it. Amen.Wow

 

Devotional Quote

This perfection is the restoration of man to the state of holiness from which he fell, by creating him anew in Christ Jesus, and restoring to him that image and likeness of God which he has lost. — Adam Clarke

 

Quote of the Day

Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness. — Desmond Tutu



Comments

12-12-2019 at 2:29 AM
Kim Reynolds
Wow! I could meditate on Adam Clarke’s quote.
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December 11, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Advent Promises from Isaiah 3


Isaiah 35:6-7

For waters break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
in the haunt of jackals, where they lie down,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.

 

Thought for Today

While yesterday’s verse spoke literally of the blind gaining their sight and the lame leaping for joy, today’s speaks to our spiritual condition. In Israel, the heart and soul of the people was dried up like a desert, a brutal place where dangerous things dwelt, threatening all who dared to be comfortable. The Pharisees told them that God loathed them. They were reprimanded for every little mistake. They were dying from the inside out. When the Messiah came He would change all that. He would bring streams of living water in to the desert of their hearts. He would bring the foliage of life into harsh wilderness of their souls. Jesus spoke the words of life to the people of Israel. He told them that God would make a way for them to be His beloved children again. He would do it because He loved them. The evidence of life was scattered throughout Israel in the lives of those He touched with God’s love on his way to the cross.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, speak Your words of life into my heart today and help me to irrigate someone else with Your life giving water. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

While waiting for a Moses to lead us into the promised land, we have forgotten how to walk. — Wendell Johnson
 

Quote of the Day

I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more. — Anne Frank

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