Daily Devotional

Daybreak: Isaiah 30:18-33

October 21, 2018

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21)

When I was a junior in high school, I faced a spiritual decision. My English teacher was a special woman who took a particular interest in me. Midway through the year, she assigned the class a book to read that soon...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 30:1-17

October 20, 2018

“For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; in returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.” (Isaiah 30:15)

“Lost in a maze of sin, I could not find my way out,” writes the granddaughter of a missionary. “However, when I was nineteen years old, God found me. He knew exactly where I was, and He reached down and picked...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 29:1-24

October 19, 2018

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 28:1-29

October 18, 2018

“Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.” (Isaiah 28:17)

My brother is a carpenter. Occasionally as he frames a structure, he uses a plumb line — a cord attached at one end to a large weight known as a plummet or plumb bob. This device is used to create a vertical reference line.

Isaiah...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 27:1-13

October 17, 2018

“In that day sing ye unto her, a vineyard of red wine. I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.” (Isaiah 27: 2-3)

A lot of care goes into growing a vineyard. As a child, I watched my father begin working with the vines as soon as the frost was off of the ground. It was a small vineyard that...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 26:1-21

October 16, 2018

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Catherine Marshall, a well-known Christian author, told of a king who had commissioned a contest inviting artists to paint a portrayal of peace. Many submissions were made, and out of the entries, two finalists were selected. 

One artist pictured a tranquil lake, peacefully reflecting beautiful mountains and billowing white clouds. The other artist had painted a...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 25:1-12

October 15, 2018

“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 25:4)

The other day I took my umbrella with me when I went out for my walk. It was raining and windy, and if you have ever used an umbrella in such circumstances...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 24:1-23

October 14, 2018

“The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the Lord hath spoken this word.” (Isaiah 24:3)

Just a few weeks after the end of World War II, my father, as a soldier in the army of occupation, had the opportunity to visit the city of Hiroshima, Japan. On August 6, 1945, Hiroshima had been destroyed by the first atomic bomb used in warfare. In a split second of time, some 70,000 to 80,000 people...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 23:1-18

October 13, 2018

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot. Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.” (Isaiah 23:15-16)

When I was a small child, my family would travel to the town where...

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Daybreak: Isaiah 22:1-25

October 12, 2018

“Therefore said I, Look away from me; I will weep bitterly, labour not to comfort me, because of the spoiling of the daughter of my people. For it is a day of trouble, and of treading down, and of perplexity by the Lord God of hosts in the valley of vision, breaking down the walls, and of crying to the mountains.” (Isaiah 22:4-5)

When Adolf Hitler became Germany’s chancellor in January of 1933, he began...

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