God’s Encouraging Promises

Today’s Bible reading* includes some very encouraging promises for God’s people. Yes, Isaiah spoke to a specific group of people in a specific nation in history. But God’s Word is still very applicable to us today. God points to the coming of John the Baptizer to announce Jesus the Messiah’s soon arrival. “Comfort, comfort my…

Isaiah Encourages His Audience

Admittedly, there is a lot of doom-and-gloom in Isaiah’s prophecy. But in today’s Bible reading*, Isaiah encourages his audience with these words: Say to the cowardly: “Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God; vengeance is coming. God’s retribution is coming; he will save you.” Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,…

Benefits of the Fear of the Lord

Twice in today’s Bible reading* are statements concerning the fear of the Lord. This is a common theme in the Book of Proverbs. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the LORD prolongs life,but the years of the wicked are…