Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Isaiah 17:1-14

October 8, 2018

“Yet gleaning grapes shall be left in it, as the shaking of an olive tree, two or three berries in the top of the uppermost bough, four or five in the outmost fruitful branches thereof, saith the Lord God of Israel.” (Isaiah 17:6).

Have you ever felt alone or lonely? Such feelings can be prompted by many circumstances. A Christian woman recounts, “When my husband and I were married, we had a game of matching...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 16:1-14

October 7, 2018

“We have heard of the pride of Moab; he is very proud: even of his haughtiness, and his pride, and his wrath: but his lies shall not be so.” (Isaiah 16:6)

Probably one of the most well known shipwrecks in all of history is that of the Titanic, when over 1,500 people died. The declaration by the builders that the ship was “unsinkable” or “invincible,” contains a chilling tone of arrogance. Sadly, pride was one...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 15:1-9

October 6, 2018

“The burden of Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence; because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste, and brought to silence.” (Isaiah 15:1)

Large portions of the earth can be “laid waste” in a few moments. On December 26, 2004, at about 7:00 a.m., a tsunami caused great devastation from Thailand to Africa. The epicenter of the 9.3-magnitude earthquake was under the Indian Ocean...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 14:1-32

October 5, 2018

“And it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve.” (Isaiah 14:3)

Compassion can make a difference and be a motivator. The story of six-year-old Ryan Hreljac is an example. In January 1998, Ryan sat in a Canadian classroom and grew more and more distressed as his schoolteacher described the sad...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 13:1-22

October 4, 2018

“I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness. The noise of a multitude in the mountains, like as of a great people; a tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together: the Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle” (Isaiah 13:3-4). 

It was a beautiful day! Families carried picnic baskets to find a cozy spot to watch...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 11:1 through 12:6

October 3, 2018

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.” (Isaiah 12:3)

There was no running water on the farm where I grew up. For our drinking water, we had to walk about five blocks to a water pump to fill our buckets and then walk back home. My brother and I often complained about having to make that trip several times a day. We really did not understand why we could...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 10:5-34

October 2, 2018

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.” (Isaiah 10:20).

When I was a young person, I had absolutely no interest in religion or anything spiritual. For a while, I thought I was in control of...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 9:1 through 10:4

October 1, 2018

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

My brother has been fascinated by United States history, particularly our presidents, since he was a child. In a recent family discussion, we debated who is the most powerful person on the planet. One...

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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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