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,…

God Can Be a God of Confusion

Today’s Bible reading* says some things that don’t fit well with our normal theology: God can be a God of confusion. Normally, we think of God as a God of order. Paul tells us, “… God is not a God of disorder but of peace. … (1 Corinthians 14:33 CSB) But look at the context…

God is Sovereign

Isaiah 14 from today’s Bible reading* describes God’s absolute sovereignty. When I say that God is sovereign, I mean His absolute rule, His reign, His right to call the shots. God is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Jesus told His disciples to seek God’s Kingdom and righteousness above everything else and…