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Isaiah 45-49

18 For this is what the Lord says—
he who created the heavens,
    he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
    he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
    but formed it to be inhabited—
he says:
“I am the Lord,
    and there is no other.
19 I have not spoken in secret,
    from somewhere in a land of darkness;
I have not said to Jacob’s descendants,
    ‘Seek me in vain.’
I, the Lord, speak the truth;
    I declare what is right. (Isaiah 45:18-19, NIV)

Father God, thank you for always reminding throughout your word who you are, what you can do. You make yourself accessible, you guide, you equip. You do these things, all of it, for your glory. Thank you that you meet me when I seek you. Thank you for truth. Thank you for deciding what is right.

As I read through the scriptures in Isaiah, I see a steady emphasis on God stating who he is and what he’s done and can and will do.

I make known the end from the beginning,
    from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, ‘My purpose will stand,
    and I will do all that I please.’
11 From the east I summon a bird of prey;
    from a far-off land, a man to fulfill my purpose.
What I have said, that I will bring about;
    what I have planned, that I will do. (Isaiah 46:10-11, NIV)

No secrets.

“Come near me and listen to this:

“From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret;
    at the time it happens, I am there.”

And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me,
    endowed with his Spirit.

17 This is what the Lord says—
    your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“I am the Lord your God,
    who teaches you what is best for you,
    who directs you in the way you should go. (Isaiah 48:16-17, NIV)

Thank you, Lord, for loving me like you do. For loving me enough to want to teach me what is best, for being with me, for your loving provision and compassion. Help me to stay focused on you.

Courtney (66books365)

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Isaiah 13:17-19:10

There’s a lot of activity in Isaiah. People and places, lifting, shifting, balances teetering. The entire book is a study alone.

24 The Lord Almighty has sworn,

“Surely, as I have planned, so it will be,
    and as I have purposed, so it will happen.
25 I will crush the Assyrian in my land;
    on my mountains I will trample him down.
His yoke will be taken from my people,
    and his burden removed from their shoulders.”

26 This is the plan determined for the whole world;
    this is the hand stretched out over all nations.
27 For the Lord Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him?
    His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back? (Isaiah 14:24-27, NIV)

But in all the activity, among many verses that call out, I focus here. It’s awe inspiring, fear inducing, reverential, and comforting–the sovereignty, might, trustworthiness and faithfulness of the Lord.

Surely as he has planned, so it will be. Who can thwart him?

Lord, I can fix my eyes on you and trust. You are sovereign, mighty, trustworthy and faithful. Your purposes will always prevail.

Courtney (66books365)

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1 Chronicles 6:31-8:28

A name. A legacy. A portion. A purpose. Chronicles tells me who, what, where and how.

Musicians used their talent to worship the Lord.

31 These are the men David put in charge of the music in the house of the Lord after the ark came to rest there. 32 They ministered with music before the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, until Solomon built the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They performed their duties according to the regulations laid down for them. (1 Chronicles 6:31-32, NIV)

Others served the Lord with their hearts.

48 Their fellow Levites were assigned to all the other duties of the tabernacle, the house of God. 49 But Aaron and his descendants were the ones who presented offerings on the altar of burnt offering and on the altar of incense in connection with all that was done in the Most Holy Place, making atonement for Israel, in accordance with all that Moses the servant of God had commanded. (1 Chronicles 6:48-49, NIV)

And still others served Him with their strength.

40 All these were descendants of Asher—heads of families, choice men, brave warriors and outstanding leaders. The number of men ready for battle, as listed in their genealogy, was 26,000. (1 Chronicles 7:40, NIV)

In these lineages of people, I find it interesting the few phrases that highlight their actions–the whole of a life condensed into a sentence or two. What stands out as well: the service and the willingness to work for the Lord.

This past weekend, I ran a race. I stayed around for the awards ceremony. I watched people receive an award for firsts in their age group. I felt a sadness that certain things had not been valued in my family lineage, and I admit I envied the youngest athletes for their opportunity–that their families valued endurance and fitness. But it was pointless to let my thoughts land there. I give thanks to God for His intervention in my life–I may not have been raised to pursue (certain things, qualities, or even the Lord). But because of God, I can live out a portion of my life pursuing Him, loving Him, serving Him. Whenever I run (or write, or learn something new, or work towards something), I keep my eyes on the Lord. He is my Good Father who sings over me, guides me, teaches me, encourages me, loves me. He is my portion.

Father God, I may not have had the best start, but because of you, I can finish well. Thank you that you loved me enough to have a relationship with me, invest in me, and watch over me. Thank you for showing me what matters, for giving me opportunities to bring you glory, and for showing me you keep your promises. You have grown my faith, my trust, my hope, my love, and you have given me endurance. Please help me to keep a kingdom focus and to honor you with my life.

Courtney (66books365)

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Numbers 1:42-3:32

There’s a lot of order, the way God has the families placed, their duties, and when they are to set out.

34 So the Israelites did everything the Lord commanded Moses; that is the way they encamped under their standards, and that is the way they set out, each of them with their clan and family. (Numbers 2:34, NIV)

One year for my birthday, I got a genetic test to find out about my health odds. I don’t know a lot about my relatives from previous generations, and I wondered what I was predisposed to. Honestly, I don’t hold much confidence in the test, because it got some things wrong (about hairline, cilantro preference, and other anecdotal things). But what I did find curious was where it suggested my family originated.

I remember wondering, “Why would you leave such a beautiful area?” What were they running to? What were they running from? When did they get here?

Scriptures like today’s reading have me think about God’s plan. His purpose for a family or an individual. From where they live, to what they do and when they go.

Father God, I’m really looking forward to the day when I will see how all the pieces, places and events fit together in your perfect plan. But while I wait, help me to keep a kingdom focus, to be where you want me to be, doing what you want me to do, with courage, strength, and love.

Courtney (66books365)

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Exodus 2:1-5:9

Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharoah? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you…But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” Exodus 3:10-13 NLT

Moses didn’t feel qualified for the task before him. Moses was dwelling on his weakness, but God didn’t. God told him that all that mattered was that He would be with him. When have I let doubt stop me from doing what God has called me to do? Or I try to do it in my own strength? I think of everything that could go wrong and I listen to Satan’s lies. Sometimes I forget that He is with me and have nothing to fear. When I remember when He was with me in the past, it gives me courage to face the future. It gives me such comfort in knowing that God doesn’t change. He can be trusted. The same way He was with Moses, He is with me.

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of israel: I AM has sent me to you.” God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob-has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.” Exodus 3:14&15 NLT

Dear Father, thank You that You are the same yesterday, today and forever. You are faithful. Thank you for the ways that you show me this again & again. Amen.

Amy(amyctanner)

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