Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Isaiah 8:1-22

September 30, 2018

“And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 8:14)

It is a joke in our family that I can stumble over almost anything. Even a little irregularity in the pavement can be sufficient to cause me to become quite a spectacle! Almost invariably there is...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 7:1-25

September 29, 2018

“Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the Lord. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also?” (Isaiah 7:11-13)

Students are sometimes told, “There’s no such thing as a dumb question.” This...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 6:1-13

September 28, 2018

“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.” (Isaiah 6:1)

One summer during my teen years, the King Tut exhibit came to a city only five hours’ drive away from our farming community, and a group of us took the challenge of trying to get in to view it. Since the exhibit was highly advertised, it drew...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 5:1-30

September 27, 2018

“What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?” (Isaiah 5:4)

My husband and I are from opposite sides of the continent. We come from different countries; we were raised in different cultures, but we live for the same God! After we were married, I moved with him back to his hometown. In...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 4:2-6

September 26, 2018

“And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” (Isaiah 4:6)

When I was five years old, I slept in a bed that had a large space underneath it. Often I pulled a soft blanket down over the sides, making a tent-like playhouse, and I found refuge there when things bothered me. It was...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 3:1 through 4:1

September 25, 2018

“The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.” (Isaiah 3:9)

Some twenty years ago, I was a leader of a boys’ club. One particular summer we took a camping trip. There was a great deal of fun and excitement as twenty-five boys (ages 10 to 16) explored all the camp site had...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 2:1-22

September 24, 2018

“Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.” (Isaiah 2:10)

In a time of storm, it is natural to seek a place of refuge. A World War II veteran used to testify of being on the island of Okinawa when it was hit by a hurricane with winds above 115 miles per hour. The wind was so strong that the rain...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 1:16-31

September 23, 2018

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

Lionel B. Fletcher, an Australian evangelist who preached during the first half of the 20th century, exhorted on the treasures found in Isaiah’s writing. He said this of verse 18: “We have an interesting thought here of wool that...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 1:1-15

September 22, 2018

“The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.” (Isaiah 1:1)

When my dad was a young man and seeking the infilling of the Holy Spirit, he had a dream. He saw a maze of trees and bushes that went about in a winding path and came to...

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Daybreak: Micah 7:1-20

September 21, 2018

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.” (Micah 7:18)

President Calvin Coolidge was in a hotel room one night when he awoke to discover that a burglar was pilfering the pockets of his clothing. President Coolidge requested that the thief leave his watch chain, because it had an engraved...

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