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,…

Break Up Unplowed Ground

Hosea completes his book in today’s Bible reading*. He encourages God’s people to seek the Lord until you find Him. “Sow righteousness for yourselves and reap faithful love; break up your unplowed ground. It is time to seek the Lord until he comes and sends righteousness on you like the rain.” (Hosea 10:12 CSB) He…

King Asa: A Good King

We read about King Asa in today’s Bible reading*. We’re told that although he didn’t do everything right, “Asa did what was right in the Lord’s sight, as his ancestor David had done” (1Kings 15:11 (CSB) No, King Asa wasn’t perfect. But we’re told that “The high places were not taken away, but Asa was wholeheartedly devoted…