Today we are reading Isaiah 48. In this chapter we read about God refining His people through the hardships they experience. “”For my name’s sake I defer my anger; for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah‬ ‭48:9-10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Do you remember a time when your faith was refined? What was the affliction that you endured? How did your faith grow stronger? Have you learned how to help others when they go through the same affliction? Ultimately, we know that even during our difficult times God is at work for our good. How can you encourage someone today? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 47. In this chapter we read about the certain destruction of Babylon by God. “Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called tender and delicate.” Isaiah‬ ‭47:1‬ ‭Throughout this chapter we read about the reversal of fortune for the Babylonians. First, they are useful to God in disciplining His wayward children. Next, God punishes them for their excessive cruelty toward His people. What can we conclude? When we rebel against God He will use any means necessary to discipline us. However, even when He disciplines us God still loves us. When we humble ourselves before God He is gracious and merciful and will lift us up and heal us. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 45. In this chapter we read about how God anointed Cyrus to be His chosen instrument to do His will. “Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed:” Isaiah‬ ‭45:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬ It seems shocking that God would use a pagan king to do His will. The truth is that God can use anyone. The power is not in the person being used but in God who chooses and equips His instruments. May God inspire you to trust in His power and ability to work through you to do His will.  Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 44. In this chapter we read about the folly of worshiping false god’s. “No one considers, nor is there knowledge or discernment to say, “Half of it I burned in the fire; I also baked bread on its coals; I roasted meat and have eaten. And shall I make the rest of it an abomination? Shall I fall down before a block of wood?”” Isaiah‬ ‭44:19‬ ‭ESV‬‬ There is only one true God. Everything else is an invention of mankind. How can those who invented it ever see it as more than “a block of wood”? How can something you created ever give you something you cannot give yourself? This is the folly of false gods. Thank The Lord we are in a relationship with the true God who is able to more than we ask or imagine! May give you peace and joy today and every day in Jesus! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 43. In this chapter we read about the beautiful description of God’s love for His people.“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.” Isaiah‬ ‭43:1-4‬ When we read these powerful words about God’s love it helps us understand how precious we are to Him. God is always with us and working on our behalf. Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount not to worry because our Heavenly Father knows what we need. May God give you great confidence in His love for you! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 42. In this chapter we read about three things: 1) The coming of the Messiah, 2) A song of praise to The Lord and 3) The failure of Israel to see and hear God’s message. The description of the Messiah is awesome, “Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.” Isaiah‬ ‭42:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬ As you read verses 1-9, apply these words yo your own life. How does this messianic prophecy comfort you? As we look forward to the Second Coming of Jesus we know that all these words will be fulfilled for us. All of the things we struggle with now will be replaced with peace and joy. May this joy fill your heart today! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 41. In this chapter we read about God’s ever-present help in our time of need. Though the Israelites have been humbled God is still their God.“fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Have you gone through a period of humiliation? What did you do to get through? In this chapter God promises the people of Isaiah’s time and the people of our time that He is with us! How does God’s presence help you to not be afraid? May you feel His presence today as you stand on His promises! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 40. In this chapter we read about the greatness of God and the work of the Messiah.“Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, that she has received from the Lord ‘s hand double for all her sins. A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”” Isaiah‬ ‭40:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬ These words of prophecy are quoted in the New Testament referring to John the Baptist and to the coming of Jesus. God’s glory is revealed in the magnificence of His Creation. When Jesus comes back we will see the full glory of God! May God lift you up today as you consider His glory! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 39. In this chapter we we read how Hezekiah foolishly showed Babylonian envoys the treasures in Jerusalem. Because he acted foolishly God told Hezekiah he would soon die. Hezekiah prayed and asked God to change His plan and God granted his request. “”Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city.” Isaiah‬ ‭38:5-6‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The Babylonians did eventually come and defeat Jerusalem and carry off all their treasures. Have you ever behaved foolishly and paid a big price? How did you react to the consequences of your foolishness? God can redeem our lives after we mess them up. How have you, with God’s help, overcome your mistakes? May God bless you to share your wisdom and help others trust God to help them out of their mess. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 38. In this chapter we read about Hezekiah’s sickness and impending death. Hezekiah prays for mercy and God responds to his prayer.“”Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life. I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city. “This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised: Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭38:5-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Hezekiah had a serious life-threatening illness. It seems to coincide with the stressful time of being under attack from Assyria. Have you ever been become sick while going through a stressful experience? God heals Hezekiah and extends his life by 15 years. How has God healed you? May the days of your life be many and filled with peace! Pastor Tim