From Handbook to Scripture, Day 172
READING: ISAIAH 55
The prophetic condemnation (1–39) is followed by a prophetic consolation (40–66) in which the Lord comforts His people with a message of hope and restoration. The sovereignty and majesty of God is the foundation for Israel’s hope (40–48). He alone rules the realms of nature and of nations, and His power and greatness is contrasted with the impotence of idols. The salvation of God centers on the redemptive work of the coming Servant who will save His people from their iniquities (49–57).
In this chapter, Messiah invites everyone to come and find life in Him. Those who seek the Lord will be satisfied with His righteousness.
Prayer: Lord, I will seek You while You may be found, and call upon You while You are near. I forsake evil and return to You, and I thank You that You have compassion on me and abundantly pardon.
Meditation passage: verses 1, 6–11
From Simple Prayers, Day 172
I DRAW NEAR TO YOU, GOD
As I approach Your throne of grace today, I am grateful that You care about the things that concern me and that You want me to offer them up to You.
May I learn to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Whether I am abased or in abundance, whether I am filled or hungry, let me learn the secret of being content in any and every situation. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:11–13)
Take a moment to share your personal needs with God, including your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual concerns.
THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE DONE
The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
The Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him and he in God. (1 John 4:14–15)
I LISTEN TO YOUR WORDS OF TRUTH
I trust in Your loyal love; my heart rejoices in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has dealt bountifully with me. (Psalm 13:5–6)
MY RESPONSE TO YOU, LORD
He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, righteousness, and honor. (Proverbs 21:21)
I will not imitate what is evil but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. (3 John 11)
Lord, I thank You for Your desire that all would come to repentance and confess that Jesus is Your Son. I thank You for Your loyal love, and I ask that I would pursue righteousness and imitate that which is good.
From Handbook to Wisdom, Day 172
NEVER LOOK DOWN ON OTHERS
I will not trust in myself or in my own righteousness,
nor will I view others with contempt.
I will be of the same mind with others;
I will not be haughty in mind or wise in my own
estimation, but I will associate with the humble.
Dear Lord, as I look into the moral mirror of Your word, may I realize that all that I am and have comes from Your hand. I wish to trust in You and not in myself. As I grow in awareness of Your grace, may this become evident in the way I relate to people—not with arrogance and contempt, but with humility and loving service. Amen.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.