Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Isaiah 27:1-13

October 17, 2018

“In that day sing ye unto her, a vineyard of red wine. I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.” (Isaiah 27: 2-3)

A lot of care goes into growing a vineyard. As a child, I watched my father begin working with the vines as soon as the frost was off of the ground. It was a small vineyard that...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 26:1-21

October 16, 2018

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Catherine Marshall, a well-known Christian author, told of a king who had commissioned a contest inviting artists to paint a portrayal of peace. Many submissions were made, and out of the entries, two finalists were selected. 

One artist pictured a tranquil lake, peacefully reflecting beautiful mountains and billowing white clouds. The other artist had painted a...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 25:1-12

October 15, 2018

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.” (Isaiah 25:4)

The other day I took my umbrella with me when I went out for my walk. It was raining and windy, and if you have ever used an umbrella in such circumstances...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 24:1-23

October 14, 2018

“The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.” (Isaiah 24:3)

Just a few weeks after the end of World War II, my father, as a soldier in the army of occupation, had the opportunity to visit the city of Hiroshima, Japan. On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima had been destroyed by the first atomic bomb used in warfare. In a split second of time, some 70,000 to 80,000 people...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 23:1-18

October 13, 2018

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.” (Isaiah 23:15-16)

When I was a small child, my family would travel to the town where...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 22:1-25

October 12, 2018

“Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people. For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.” (Isaiah 22:4-5)

When Adolf Hitler became Germany’s chancellor in January of 1933, he began...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 21:1-17

October 11, 2018

“Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, ye princes, and anoint the shield.” (Isaiah 21:5)

“Do you think the Lord will accept that excuse?” rang in my ears as I walked back to my cabin. I had been late for curfew, and the gate to the church campground was closed before my friends and I could make it back from our dinner. The plan had been simple: go out quickly, get a...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 19:1 through 20:6

October 10, 2018

“Where are they? where are thy wise men? and let them tell thee now, and let them know what the Lord of hosts hath purposed upon Egypt.” (Isaiah 19:12)

Have you ever found yourself wishing you had taken the advice of someone and applied it in a particular circumstance? My mother was famous for telling me to learn from other people’s mistakes rather than my own. To her that meant, “listen and learn.” She didn’t want...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 18:1-7

October 9, 2018

“All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he lifteth up an ensign on the mountains; and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye.” (Isaiah 18:3)

Like other Christian parents, my wife and I have tried to point our children toward the concept of looking to God in times of stress and need. One blustery evening in late winter a number of years ago, I found they had been...

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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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