Praise the Lord! Holy and Awesome is His name! Here is an appropriate use of the often overused word. As I begin this day, I give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart. Great are His works; full of splendor and majesty, His wondrous works are before us! He provides food, remembers His covenant and shows to His people the power of His works. I love to begin the day reading the Psalms, as they put me in a thankful frame of mind and prepare my heart to come into the Lord’s presence to seek His blessings on the day!
The power of God to protect His servants who trust in Him, hold fast to Him, and depart not from following Him (2 Kings 18:5-8), is demonstrated in the account of the dealings with the proud, boasting Sennaherib, King of Assyria. Help me Lord to maintain a similar trust and confidence in You. Hezekah and Isaiah were great role models. They stood their ground, with You by their side. They delivered Your Word to their antagonists and You blessed them with deliverance! Praise the Lord!
Today’s Readings: Psalm 111; 2 Kings 19; Isaiah 9:1-7; John 12:20-50
Isaiah foretells the coming of the one to be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. What a blessing Jesus brought to the world, establishing His government in the hearts of people and bringing peace.
John describes interactions Jesus had with folks who did not believe that He fulfilled the prophesy of Isaiah and other prophets. They struggled to understand the message that Jesus brought. Part of that struggle, Jesus says, is because they love the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. Lord, help me today to be an instrument of your work.
Have a blessed day, dear friend.