Daily Scripture Series – August 9th

“Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar.” (Isaiah 33:17)

The prophet Isaiah spoke of a time when God’s rebellious people would turn back to Him. “Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar”. To view this “land of far distances” is to be lifted above the circumstances of the immediate present and to gain an eternal perspective. During difficult times, the Lord enables us to see our lives from His viewpoint and regain hope. “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us”.

Each day, we can choose to look down in discouragement or lift our eyes to “the land of far distances,” to the lord who is “our Mighty One”.

Daily Questions

  1. If you are discouraged right now, how can you find ways to be lifted up?
  2. How does God help you in your most difficult circumstances?

Daily Thoughts

Lord, today we lift our eyes from the circumstances that discourage us to see You in Your splendor, and find peace.

Isaiah 33:17-22

Your eyes will see the king in his beauty and view a land that stretches afar. In your thoughts you will ponder the former terror: “Where is that chief officer? Where is the one who took the revenue? Where is the officer in charge of the towers?” You will see those arrogant people no, more, people whose speech is obscure, whose language is strange and incomprehensible.

Look on Zion, the city of our festivals; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful abode, a tent that will not be moved; its stakes will never be pulled up, not any of its ropes broken.

There the lord will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; it is he who will save us.

Bonus Information

In today’s reading (Isaiah 33), King Hezekiah mourns the Assyrian oppression of Judah. Yet the promise Isaiah the prophet gives is that those who trust in God can see past their present reality to a time of triumph in which the promised Messiah will be victorious over all enemies, Jerusalem is where God’s kingdom will be realized.

Today we may not be oppressed by a foreign power, but each of us can think of someone who has treated us unjustly. It’s comforting to know that our ultimate destiny is a place of peace and joy.

In what ways does recognizing you have a future heavenly home give you grace to face the challenges of life?

 

 

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