Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Isaiah 36:1-22

October 27, 2018

“Who are they among all the gods of these lands, that have delivered their land out of my hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?” (Isaiah 36:20)

During my first year in college, I took a sociology class. One afternoon in the middle of fall term, I went to class and our professor, a middle-aged woman who had taught at the university for years, announced that we were going to depart...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 35:1-10

October 26, 2018

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” (Isaiah 35:1)

Years ago, I drove through the Anza-Borrego Desert in the southeastern corner of California. As the largest desert state park in the United States, the park covers more than 600,000 acres. It is framed by many rugged mountain ranges, and the more than 500 miles of roads in the park wind through...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 34:1-17

October 25, 2018

“Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the Lord is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter.” (Isaiah 34:1-2)

 “Fire! Fire! Pop’s shed is on fire!” I’ll never forget that day for as long...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 33

October 24, 2018

“Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.” (Isaiah 33:17)

If you have ever gone on a long trip, you know that much planning and anticipation are involved. Several years ago, my wife and I took a vacation with some friends. We started planning the trip about a year in advance, fine-tuning every detail: transportation, gasoline, food, admission fee, lodging, stops, etc. We were...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 32:1-20

October 23, 2018

“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” (Isaiah 32:17) 

As a fifteen-year-old boy, I attended my first Christian camp meeting convention. Since I had only minimal religious upbringing, I really did not know what to expect. Before camp I had been praying in my local church to be saved, and my pastor thought it would be good for me to attend. 

While I wanted to...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 31:1-9

October 22, 2018

“Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!” (Isaiah 31:1)

For many years, a man in our congregation testified, “I ran around with a preacher’s son. He said if he went to Hell, he would have plenty of company....

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Daybreak: Isaiah 30:18-33

October 21, 2018

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)

When I was a junior in high school, I faced a spiritual decision. My English teacher was a special woman who took a particular interest in me. Midway through the year, she assigned the class a book to read that soon...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 30:1-17

October 20, 2018

“For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” (Isaiah 30:15)

“Lost in a maze of sin, I could not find my way out,” writes the granddaughter of a missionary. “However, when I was nineteen years old, God found me. He knew exactly where I was, and He reached down and picked...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 29:1-24

October 19, 2018

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 28:1-29

October 18, 2018

“Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.” (Isaiah 28:17)

My brother is a carpenter. Occasionally as he frames a structure, he uses a plumb line — a cord attached at one end to a large weight known as a plummet or plumb bob. This device is used to create a vertical reference line.

Isaiah...

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