Tag Archives: Isaiah

05 May

The Greatness of God in Creation

Spring is the perfect time to see God’s beauty in abundance, which manifests His greatness. 

I saw God today
As the sun rose over the hill
And spread a curtain of gold
At the bidding of His will.

I saw God today
In a drop of crystal rain;
I heard Him in the song of birds
As I walked down a country lane.

I saw God today
In the sky so blue above;
I heard God in the voice of the gentle wind
Which whispered of His love.

I saw God today
In the innocent face of a child;
I heard God in the babbling creek
Which flowed in a rhythm mild.

I heard God speak today
In the wisdom of His Word
Of God’s creation plan
And how it all occurred.

I saw God today
In so many different ways,
And it caused my mind to ponder,
And it filled my heart with praise.

–Lola Harmon

“Lift up your eyes on high and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number:  He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might; for that He is strong in power, not one faileth” (Isaiah 40:26).

04 Jan

God’s Promises for the New Year

As we ponder what the new year may hold, the believer in Christ can find peace in knowing that help comes from the Lord who gives promises of hope, guidance, and strength. Take joy in these promises.

There is HOPE for the journey.

“The eye of the Lord is upon them that fear Him, upon them that HOPE in His mercy.” Psalm 33:18

“This I recall to my mind; therefore, have I HOPE. It is of the Lord’s mercy that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is thy faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23

“Blessed is the man whose HOPE is in the Lord.” Jeremiah 17:7

Also, our Lord promises to be the GUIDE for the journey.

“For this God is our God forever and ever. He will be our GUIDE even unto death.” Psalm 48:14

“Thy God shall GUIDE thee continually and satisfy thy soul in drought and made fat thy bones, and thou shall be a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:11

“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will GUIDE thee with Mine eye.” Psalm 32:8

Indeed, our Lord will give STRENGTH as we travel.

“Trust in the Lord forever for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting STRENGTH.” Isaiah 26:4

“It is God that girdeth me with STRENGTH, and maketh my way perfect.” Psalm 18:30

“Fear not for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God I will STRENGTHEN thee; yea, I will help thee; yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10

The Lord knows the way through 2021, and He will be our HOPE which gives encouragement, our GUIDE which gives peace, and our STRENGTH which gives endurance.

Travel on; our Lord knows the way!

24 Oct

Glory in the Heavens

The stars, sun, and moon are mentioned many times in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. Psalm 19:1 states: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth His handiwork.” “Declare” is a strong verb in that it means to broadcast. To “declare” also emphasizes that the truth of a statement is so evident that it cannot be denied. The heavens (sun, moon, stars) declare the glory of God through their mystery, beauty, and constancy.

The mystery of the universe remains because of its vastness in size. Job asks: “Is God not in the height of the heavens?…Behold the height of the stars how high they are.”( Job22:12 ) The distance between the earth and the stars was not known until 1838, when the astronomer Bessel was able to calculate the distance from the earth to the stars to be more than one-hundred thousand times the diameter of our solar system. The sun is the size of an average star, yet the sun itself is over one million times as large as the earth. Today, man has made much progress in exploring space, but the vast size of the heavens cannot be comprehended.

Mystery also remains concerning two miracles in the Old Testament which God as ruler and sustainer of the universe performed. In Joshua 10:13 when Joshua was in a battle against the Amorites, he needed more daylight to finish the battle, so he called upon God, “And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed until the people had avenged themselves against their enemies.” The miracle in Isaiah 38:8 is just as glorious. Hezekiah the King of Israel who served God faithfully became ill and was facing death. He prayed and asked God to give him more years. God agreed to give him fifteen more years and to also deliver Israel out of the hands of the King of Assyria. As a sign that He would keep his promise, God caused the sun dial to move backwards ten degrees. Not only did the earth cease its rotation, but also reversed the earth’s rotation for a short time. The mystery of God’s power declares His glory.

Another mystery involves the star of Bethlehem which occurred at the time of Christ’s birth. Its brightness was most unusual. The star was not stationary but moved to guide the wisemen to the Christ Child. In Revelation 22:16, Christ calls Himself “the bright and morning star.”

Not only do the heavens declare the glory of God in their mystery, but also in the beauty which they produce. The stars, sun, and moon bring much beauty to the earth. How beautiful is the sky at night when the stars light up the world. They differ in size, color, height, and distance from the earth. How peaceful is the burst of color produced by the setting of the sun. The moon creates a changing beauty as it passes through its course each month. The seasons display their beauty as the earth rotates around the sun.

Finally, the constancy of the heavenly bodies declare the glory of God. We count on the time table of the universe. It is always on time. The sun rises in the morning; the moon appears always in the evening. The timing of the universe is so constant that scientists can predict when an eclipse of the sun or moon will appear.

In Psalm 8, David addresses the glory of God: “O Lord our Lord, how excellent is Thy name in all the earth! Who has set Thy glory above the heavens…. When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained, what is man that Thou art mindful of him? Christians too can declare God’s glory when we
allow His love to shine through our lives as we keep His commandments.

29 Sep

Abounding Strength

In I Kings 19:4, Elijah the prophet of God is fleeing for his life because King Ahab and his wife Jezebel have vowed to kill him since Elijah has exposed their evilness.

After a day’s journey into the wilderness, Elijah falls asleep under a Juniper tree. An angel awakens him and offers him bread and water and says: “Arise and eat because the journey is too great for thee.” (I Kings 19:7) What an encouraging truth to know that the Father knows when our journey is too great for us and provides strength for our need. This strength includes physical, mental, and emotional strength.

The Bible gives many accounts of God’s strength in action. For example, the journey was too great for Abraham without God’s strength. Abraham obeyed God’s command to take all of his possessions and leave his family to go to a land which he had not seen. This was only the beginning of a journey filled with much adversity as Abraham was to become the father of the Hebrew nation. God’s strength was with Abraham every step of the journey.

Also, God gave Hannah the emotional strength to keep the promise she made to Him. Hannah promised God that if He gave her a male child, she would give the child to God for His service. God answered Hannah’s prayer and also gave her the strength to keep her promise. When the child was weaned, Hannah and her husband brought the child to the temple and presented him to Eli the priest, and Hannah said, “As long as he liveth, he shall be lent to the Lord.”(I Samuel 1:28) This child Samuel became a priest who was faithful to his calling.

Refreshing Promises from the Word

Isaiah 12:2: “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation.”

Psalm 18:32: “It is God that girdeth me with strength and maketh my way perfect.”

Psalm 29: 11: “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.”

Psalm 81:1: “Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.”

Psalm 46:1: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

“He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater. He sendeth more strength when the labors increase. For out of His infinite riches in Jesus, He giveth and giveth and giveth again.”
–George Beverly Shea

16 Jun

A Sermon in Shoes

“Christian do you know that you are a sermon in shoes?” This question is asked in a song often used in Bible School. Indeed, every Christian is a sermon in shoes. This is a high calling, which is also an important responsibility. What does it mean to be a sermon in shoes? The words in the song offer some suggestions. The Christian is to walk and talk like a follower of Christ.

Since Satan offers opposition for the Christian, God has provided the armor of God to guard against the wiles (tricks) of Satan. Paul says in Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the WHOLE armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” In verses 11-17 Paul describes the armor.

First, we must put on the Helmet of Salvation, which protects the most vulnerable part of the body because it is here that man reasons and makes decisions. Also, the Christian is to put on the Breastplate of Righteousness. Here resides the seat
of conscience, where we choose between right and wrong.

The loins are to be gird about with Truth. God is truth. There is strength in truth.

The feet are to be shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, having readiness to present the message of salvation. Isaiah 52:7 describes this beautifully: “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Zion, thy God
reigneth!”

In addition, the Christian is to take the Shield of Faith, which gives victory to overcome the world.

Finally, the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is a powerful tool against which Satan has no power.

The Christian is best dressed to be a sermon in shoes when he or she is clothed in the WHOLE armor of God.

22 Apr

Trust Me and Don’t Be Afraid

Trust Me, and don’t be afraid. Many things feel out of control. Your routines have been disrupted. You tend to feel more secure when your life is predictable. Let Me lead you to the rock that is higher than you and your circumstances. Take refuge in the shelter of My wings, where you are absolutely secure.

When you are shaken out of your comfortable routines, grip My hand tightly and look for growth opportunities. Instead of bemoaning the loss of your comfort, accept the challenge of something new. I lead you on from glory, making you fit for My Kingdom. Say yes to the ways I work in your life. Trust Me, and don’t be afraid.

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isaiah 12:2

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