Daily Devotions for Thursday: by turtle30c
Isaiah 40:12-31 KJV
(12) Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?
(13) Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him?
(14) With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding?
(15) Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
(16) And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt offering.
(17) All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
(18) To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?
(19) The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.
(20) He that is so impoverished that he hath no oblation chooseth a tree that will not rot; he seeketh unto him a cunning workman to prepare a graven image, that shall not be moved.
(21) Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
(22) It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
(23) That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
(24) Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
(25) To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
(26) Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
(27) Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD, and my judgment is passed over from my God?
(28) Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
(29) He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
(30) Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
(31) But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
The greatest day in America’s life for the Christian was the day that pilgrim’s set their foot on Plymouth Rock in Rhode Island. There dream of freedom of faith was realized. The persecution of believers had come to an end. Yet their struggles in the new land would bring much hardship and lost of life because of the time of year they arrived. Yet for those that survived found new friends in their neighbors called Indians. These Indians taught the people of God how to plant and grow vegetables in their home. Indians taught them not what they did not know but how to grow the vegetation of this land that grew well. A harvest fit for a king was harvested and meat for the table was killed and brought in from the last hunt. Indians and Pilgrim’s sat down and had a grand feast and it was called the first Thanksgiving in the pilgrim’s new land. The cost of freedom upon fleeing came at a great loss. Yet to remain and face more persecution was not something to ask. Looking back should people have remained in England to face persecution. The answer is they faced much in running as if they had remained.
Why was God punishing His people? Was it a consequences of harsh winter, a gift from God. Allowing the believer to be a witness of endurance and strength from their God to the Indian. Perhaps. These answers can not fully be given. Yet it something to think about when you are going through a storm. Is the storm caused by disobedience like Jonah or because of the harshness of the wilderness and the need for strengthening of one’s faith.
The truth of the matter is whatever the spiritual reason for the harsh winter, God gave increase of new friends and plenty to eat, because they endure and waited for God to renew their strength. Israel Remnant of faith has endured many hardships and the witness of much death. Yet knowing God cares and takes care of His own that believe and hold to faith. Some dying as a testimony of strength in faith and other dying not believing.
Who is God and who taught him judgment Isaiah ask. He ask not of the authority, but exemplify the authority that was God’s, through the question. Explaining the vastness of God’s power to redeem and restore His people with the power of judgment also unleashed. That enough to blame God, no not hardly. Our failure to look to God for answer is often the harshness of our human reality. God provision after time of judgment and restoration is always in abundance. God restores and strengthens so us that are weaken may soar like eagle, and run and not grow weary ever again. For the strength and lessons learn are not easily forgotten.
This Thanksgiving Day let us remember the hope and strength God gave the Pilgrims for their quest for freedom in a new land. Let us not forget how their journey has influence many believers in faith in God not just Christians. Let us remember the power of God to bring all mankind to their knees, so that they worship Him alone. May God give you strength and build you up in the days ahead. Praise the Lord for His strength He provides.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to remember the strength only you can provide for the days ahead in our journey of faith. That your weaken is to build us up as we learn to trust in you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: 2 Corinthians 4:15-18 KJV
(15) For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
(16) For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
(17) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
(18) While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Daily God’s Promises: Colossians 3:15-17 KJV
(15) And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
(16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
(17) And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
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