Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bible in 90 Days - Day 50

Today's reading was mostly completed in the afternoon as our morning was completely off our normal routine. I read Isaiah 14 through 28. The first three fourths of the chapters were doom and gloom predictions. I was really tired during my reading and had trouble pushing through it. But then I came to some really interesting passages.

Right after several nations are issued very terrible prophecies, Isaiah writes:

O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.

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 25:1, 4.

Isaiah knows that the nations prophesied against brought about their own destruction. Even though he could see God issuing these terrible proclamations, he was still able to praise God because of all the wonderful things He has done.

Then there is this wonderful promise about heaven:

He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation

Isaiah 25:8-9.

It will be wonderful to know that death will never again raise its ugly head. We will never have to cry because God has saved us and we can rejoice in His salvation. What a wonderful thought! This passage is very similar to several in Revelation about what John saw in vision of the New Jerusalem.

Isaiah then gives us powerful instruction.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength

Isaiah 26:3-4.

Trust. Perfect peace. Everlasting strength. All of this can be mine and yours if we keep our mind on God.

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