Day 176

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Isaiah 8:1-11:16

Martha Balkin, Administrative Support

After reading the verses for today, naturally I planned to focus on the promise of the coming Savior in the familiar verse 6 of chapter 9:
Day 176
Isaiah 8:1-11:16
Martha Balkin, Administrative Support

After reading the verses for today, naturally I planned to focus on the promise of the coming Savior in the familiar verse 6 of chapter 9:

“For to us a child is born     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Indeed, this verse, as well as the beginning of chapter 11, provides hope in the midst of the destruction and bloodshed at the hands of the Assyrians. As I read on, however, the verse that resonated with me was 10:15:

“Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,     or the saw boast against the one who uses it? As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,     or a club brandish the one who is not wood!”

In this story, God allows the Assyrians their victories. As always, God’s people have lost their way. They have forgotten what is important and whom to regard as holy. So the Lord sends “against them the mighty floodwaters of the Euphrates—the king of Assyria with all his pomp.” But He knows that the Assyrian King will take all the credit and glory for the conquest. He knows he will boast–

“By the strength of my hand I have done this,     and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations,     I plundered their treasures;     like a mighty one I subdued their kings.” (10:12)

And for this, he will be punished.  (“I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.”) God loves and cares for us. He wants only what is best for us. But He is a holy and awesome God, and we need to remember who wields the rod and swings the ax. We can only hope to be instruments in the Lord’s hands, and our prayer should be to be used by Him for His glory and not for our own.

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4 responses »

  1. Thanks Martha, I found myself drawn to the same verses. We are nothing without HIM
    “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

  2. Yes, Lord, use me. Not for what I have but for what You can do through me. Empty this vessel of self and fill it to overflowing with Your glory. Let it flow out as a balm to the many lost and hurting around me, to draw them to You, our only hope of healing and salvation. Amen.

  3. Isaiah 9:10 is the foundational text for Jonathan Cahn’s book “The Harbinger.” The people of Israel were defiant when all that God desired was repentance and turning back to God. We need a revival in the USA today, a turning back to God. So thankful that our church leadership continues to press on toward this revival through the daily reading program and Solid blog.

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