Isaiah 45–The Lordship Of Almighty God

Isaiah brings forth a clear and bold statement from the Lord. It is not complex; it is not controversial; it is simply the truth.  I am the Lord God. In context for the world, Lord is the key word.  So many nations worship so many things. Yet , during that, God remains the Lord of all.  He raises and levels kings, kingdoms, and empires. As the creator of all that is, God could and has simply wiped it all out. 

God has been amazingly patient in his handling of men and specifically His own.  Israel’s and Christians’ pride and sin have resulted in so many lost blessings.  He has had to allow sin to take its toll. The result has been loss of freedom, of prosperity, and loss of life. None has ever thrilled the Father. In retrospect, however, God has done everything possible to reach out and restore salvation to His chosen.

Satan, in many forms has always looked to undermine God’s plan.  Each life and period of history where people have abandoned God, it not only breaks the Lord’s heart, but it also fuels sin and despair among those for whom He sacrificed all to redeem.  God will not be mocked.  He does not ignore our choices and sin.  Instead, He trusts His son Jesus to separate the sheep from goats. Accepting into fellowship sheep and not goats.

All we like sheep have gone astray–but God demonstrates His love for us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8.  It is our responsibility to trust Him and follow Him closely.  We do that by seeking the Lord out in word and in prayer.  To be effective, we must accept Jesus as LORD and Savior.  That will change everything; it gives us eternal life with God and restores the relationship the enemy so ardently desires to quash.

Do not be afraid of the Lordship of God–Like any father, our Lord, Adonai always wants an abundant life for us here and for eternity.  We simply have to look at what He has done and trust that God can repeat it in our lives.

God Bless You

“This is what the Lord says to his anointed,
    to Cyrus, whose right hand I take hold of
to subdue nations before him
    and to strip kings of their armor,
to open doors before him
    so that gates will not be shut:
I will go before you
    and will level the mountains[a];
I will break down gates of bronze
    and cut through bars of iron.
I will give you hidden treasures,
    riches stored in secret places,
so that you may know that I am the Lord,
    the God of Israel, who summons you by name.
For the sake of Jacob my servant,
    of Israel my chosen,
I summon you by name
    and bestow on you a title of honor,
    though you do not acknowledge me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things.

“You heavens above, rain down my righteousness;
    let the clouds shower it down.
Let the earth open wide,
    let salvation spring up,
let righteousness flourish with it;
    I, the Lord, have created it.

“Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker,
    those who are nothing but potsherds
    among the potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the potter,
    ‘What are you making?’
Does your work say,
    ‘The potter has no hands’?
10 Woe to the one who says to a father,
    ‘What have you begotten?’
or to a mother,
    ‘What have you brought to birth?’

11 “This is what the Lord says—
    the Holy One of Israel, and its Maker:
Concerning things to come,
    do you question me about my children,
    or give me orders about the work of my hands?
12 It is I who made the earth
    and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
    I marshaled their starry hosts.
13 I will raise up Cyrus[b] in my righteousness:
    I will make all his ways straight.
He will rebuild my city
    and set my exiles free,
but not for a price or reward,
    says the Lord Almighty.”

Psalm 119–A Delightful Discussion With the Lord

Today marks the 2000th entry into my blog, “God’s Amazing Journey”.  I am extremely grateful for all that have read and shared the ramblings of a grateful follower of the Lord. This site started as a couple old friends simply keeping each other accountable to spend time in God’s word, daily. In Early 2002, My friend Brian asked me to hold him accountable from Milwaukee, WI.  He was in OKC. After some thought and prayer, I challenged him to send me a daily summary of what he read and what God was showing him. He suggested that it would help if I would do the same for him.

We started exchanging the emails, and over time, other friends would ask to be copied. 10 Years later, I was sending that email to well over a hundred folks.  A local pastor suggested that I start a blog as that was the “New” thing in 2012. So, in addition to the email, I started adding the blog site.  Now 8.5 years later, I am posting my 2000th entry, into the blog.  I am so grateful to all that have encouraged and stayed with me.  It has truly kept me focused on the word through great times and difficult ones.

God has opened up His heart to me as his servant, and He has given me a passion to love and follow Him through thick and thin.  David was correct when he said in Psalm 119 that God’s word is a great tool for purification and direction for a young man’s life.  I am more convinced now that we must remain grounded in His word to navigate the treacherous path our culture has left.  It is our greatest resource for Faith, Hope, and Love, God’s greatest gifts.

Thank you for being a part of the Amazing Journey blog; I look forward to seeing where God leads next.

God Bless You

Michael Smith

Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
Who walk in the law of the Lord!
Blessed are those who keep His testimonies,
Who seek Him with the whole heart!
They also do no iniquity;
They walk in His ways.
You have commanded us
To keep Your precepts diligently.
Oh, that my ways were directed
To keep Your statutes!
Then I would not be ashamed,
When I look into all Your commandments.
I will praise You with uprightness of heart,
When I learn Your righteous judgments.
I will keep Your statutes;
Oh, do not forsake me utterly!


How can a young man cleanse his way?
By taking heed according to Your word.
10 With my whole heart I have sought You;
Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments!
11 Your word I have hidden in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord!
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have declared
All the judgments of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts,
And [b]contemplate Your ways.
16 I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word.

Isaiah 42 Part 2-Let’s Just Praise Almighty God

For Isaiah, the message was mixed.  On the one hand, God allowed Isaiah to see the result of a nation that turns their backs upon the very God that converted a group of slaves into a great nation. That result was dire.  Plunder, capture, and total reversion back to an exiled and broken people was coming soon to Judah. Still, Isaiah was also privy to the restoration of God’s people.  He was given the very real opportunity to know the very heart of a loving and nurturing Father, God.  

As Isaiah pondered the dichotomy of Israel’s state and future–he had an epiphany.  Let’s stop and simply praise God for who He is.  Realizing what lie ahead, it still merits Israel to stop and simply acknowledge worldwide that God is God! The Creator, the Author, the Administrator, but mostly, the Father that loves His own and longs to bless and keep them safe and prosperous.  It is a tribute for all to recognize and worship in one loud and joyous voice.

Today, it is the very same.  We as God’s chosen, need sometimes to simply step back and acknowledge the amazing God we serve.  We have the specifications to gain some understanding of the depths and widths of our universe, our galaxy, our solar system, our planet, our continent, country, state, county, city, subdivision, street and very home. In that home, God cares for us down to knowing the cell count of our bodies, the very waking and dozing thoughts each day are counted and cared for.  The care and attention we receive from God is unparalleled.  He truly longs to be in relationship and to bless us.  That is reason enough simply to stop and praise the Lord God almighty.

One of the great hymns of old is entitled the Doxology:

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him, all creatures here below.
Praise him above, ye heavenly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

As His chosen, let’s each stop and praise God–from whom all blessings do indeed flow!

God Bless You

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise from the ends of the earth,
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it,
    you islands, and all who live in them.
11 Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices.
    let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice.
Let the people of Sela sing for joy.
    let them shout from the mountaintops.
12 Let them give glory to the Lord
    and proclaim his praise in the islands.
13 The Lord will march out like a champion,
    like a warrior he will stir up his zeal.
with a shout he will raise the battle cry
    and will triumph over his enemies.

14 “For a long time I have kept silent,
    I have been quiet and held myself back.
But now, like a woman in childbirth,
    I cry out, I gasp and pant.
15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills
    and dry up all their vegetation.
I will turn rivers into islands
    and dry up the pools.
16 I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
    along unfamiliar paths I will guide them.
I will turn the darkness into light before them
    and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do.
    I will not forsake them.
17 But those who trust in idols,
    who say to images, ‘You are our gods,’
    will be turned back in utter shame…​    or pay close attention in time to come?
24 Who handed Jacob over to become loot,
    and Israel to the plunderers?
Was it not the Lord?
    against whom we have sinned?
For they would not follow his ways.
    they did not obey his law.
25 So he poured out on them his burning anger,
    the violence of war.
It enveloped them in flames, yet they did not understand.
    it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.

Isaiah 41 Part 1–God Makes His Case

I have made regular references to God’s nature as our Father.  One can never underestimate the power of that relationship. Isaiah looks ahead to both the short term and the end of time.  He reminds the nations that any power they think they possess was given simply to further His plan. 

Isaiah looks ahead to the fall of Babylon through the defeat handed to them by Cyrus of Persia.  God gave Nebuchadnezzar the greatest empire known to the world. Neb got cocky, and God broke him and placed him into submission. His descendant Belshazzar took over the kingdom and defiled the temple articles. God said–enough! That very day, Cyrus broke through the impenetrable walls of Babylon and ended Babylonian rule once and for all.  

Isaiah gave the “blow-by-blow” many years before the inevitable fall.  It was God’s way to remind us, His chosen, that like any father–He leads us through the twists and turns of time and in the end holds us up as his own.  Other nations wave their banners of victory and arrogantly boast of their invincibility–God silences the room and simply says “Show me!”  Then as He has so many times, the Lord resets the table for the next power. The former power fades into obscurity, and Israel remains–His people, His nation. 

Daniel’s first vision for king Nebuchadnezzar talked of a statue with head of gold, neck of silver, chest of bronze, legs of iron, and feet of iron and clay.  We have seen the rise and fall of each of those empires, Yet, we have never credited God with the recognition that Adonai–not any world leader, clearly has the final say.   

How dare we, His own children, dare to attempt to wrestle control from this omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient Master of the Universe?  He has earned our trust and truly seeks to protect, provide and prepare us for an eternity with Him.  It is critical for us, His chosen, to walk humbly, seek earnestly, and follow God. He will lead us as any father would, through the trials and temptations of our lives.  He will bring us safely to the other side.  We need only trust Him and obey.

God Bless You

“Listen in silence before me, you lands beyond the sea.
    Bring your strongest arguments.
Come now and speak.
    The court is ready for your case.

“Who has stirred up this king from the east,
    rightly calling him to God’s service?
Who gives this man victory over many nations
    and permits him to trample their kings underfoot?
With his sword, he reduces armies to dust.
    With his bow, he scatters them like chaff before the wind.
He chases them away and goes on safely,
    though he is walking over unfamiliar ground.
Who has done such mighty deeds,
    summoning each new generation from the beginning of time?
It is I, the Lord, the First and the Last.
    I alone am he.”

The lands beyond the sea watch in fear.
    Remote lands tremble and mobilize for war.
The idol makers encourage one another,
    saying to each other, “Be strong!”
The carver encourages the goldsmith,
    and the molder helps at the anvil.
    “Good,” they say. “It’s coming along fine.”
Carefully they join the parts together,
    then fasten the thing in place so it won’t fall over.

“But as for you, Israel my servant,
    Jacob my chosen one,
    descended from Abraham my friend,
I have called you back from the ends of the earth,
    saying, ‘You are my servant.’
For I have chosen you
    and will not throw you away.
10 Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.
    Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you.
    I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Isaiah 40 Part 2–Who is Like God?

One of my favorite axioms is the saying, “God created man in his own image; and men have been trying to return the favor ever since.” Isaiah continues his evangelical prophecy with the reminder that no matter how hard we try, we will never create GOD in our image.  Whether fashioning a God out of precious metal or wood, at the end of the day nothing we can fashion has the slightest chance of equaling God.

Who is like God? There simply is no one.  He fashioned the universe with His hand! He called light and life into being.  He made a canopy of stars that reach so far, we cannot imagine the distance and still, he pays individual attention to each of us! Isaiah then reminds us that God is not only great, he is everlasting! He has been around since time began and will continue to run the show for eternity.  Still, with all that said, He renews the strength of His chosen–in His timing!

Knowing that, should provide us with great comfort and the ability to wait on Him! He will strengthen us and provide us with all we need not only to survive, but, also to soar! We can stand confidently knowing that it is the Lord that both provides and prepares His own.  We can walk in confidence, knowing that the one that made the universe cares more about us than about galaxies!  

Today, make a point to let God lead your steps.  Wait on Him and allow him to renew your strength and help you to mount up with wings like an eagle!

God Bless You

With whom, then, will you compare God?
    To what image will you liken him?
19 As for an idol, a metalworker casts it,
    and a goldsmith overlays it with gold
    and fashions silver chains for it.
20 A person too poor to present such an offering
    selects wood that will not rot;
they look for a skilled worker
    to set up an idol that will not topple.

21 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
Has it not been told you from the beginning?
    Have you not understood since the earth was founded?
22 He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth,
    and its people are like grasshoppers.
He stretches out the heavens like a canopy,
    and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
23 He brings princes to naught
    and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing.
24 No sooner are they planted,
    no sooner are they sown,
    no sooner do they take root in the ground,
than he blows on them and they wither,
    and a whirlwind sweeps them away like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
    Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
    and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
    not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
    Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord;
    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 36-39 Part 4–History Break–If I’m OK, It’s OK

d. He was dying and prayed that God would Spare His life.  God heard the king’s cry and granted him His life and 15 years more along with complete peace and security.  What an amazing testament to God’s grace and love for His anointed and Godly King.  Then, sometime later, Emissaries from Babylon come to visit.  Well, when I say emissaries, what I really mean is spies.  Hezakiah, being confident and proud, shows them all of his troop positions, where the weapons and treasures are the best way to enter and exit with loot–everything.  After they are Gone, Isaiah hears of the visit and confronts the king with the lack of insight in allowing the enemy to see all of the important things about the kingdom.  The king’s response is both shocking and predictable, “Well, they won’t do anything while I’m alive, so that is great and all that matters!”

What?!!? Hezakiah did not care if Israel would be taken over–just as long as He was safe.  As selfish as that sounds, it is the attitude of most folks.  Even if at the base we are selfless There is that part of us that thinks if it is not my issue, why worry.  It is that sense the enemy uses to nuetralize most believers.  The reality is that we are a family.  Jesus was clear when he spoke in Matthew 20 about hte sheep and Goats.  He said as You have done to the least of these so you have done to me.  We as a church and as individuals need to realize that our behaviors and especially our call to pray is never ceasing.  we need to look out for the interests of others as well as our own Philippians 2:3-4.  Our heart and choices need to honor God and show his love and concern fothe lives of others.  If it affects others, then it affects us!

God Bless You

At that time Marduk-Baladan son of Baladan king of Babylon sent Hezekiah letters and a gift, because he had heard of his illness and recovery. Hezekiah received the envoys gladly and showed them what was in his storehouses—the silver, the gold, the spices, the fine olive oil—his entire armory and everything found among his treasures. There was nothing in his palace or in all his kingdom that Hezekiah did not show them.

Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah and asked, “What did those men say, and where did they come from?”

“From a distant land,” Hezekiah replied. “They came to me from Babylon.”

The prophet asked, “What did they see in your palace?”

“They saw everything in my palace,” Hezekiah said. “There is nothing among my treasures that I did not show them.”

Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, “Hear the word of the Lord Almighty: The time will surely come when everything in your palace, and all that your predecessors have stored up until this day, will be carried off to Babylon. Nothing will be left, says the Lord. And some of your descendants, your own flesh and blood who will be born to you, will be taken away, and they will become eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.”

“The word of the Lord you have spoken is good,” Hezekiah replied. For he thought, “There will be peace and security in my lifetime.”

Isaiah 36-39, History Break Part 3–Prayer

Another great history moment in the book of prophecy.  Hezakiah was a godly king and unlike the kings before and after him he followed the Lord closely and pushed his nation to do so as well.  In the midst, God told Isaiah that he was to go and tell the king to get his affairs in order because he was to die.  The king called God out–He said, “Look, I have followed you and done everything you have said to do.  Now, when things are in order, you’re just going to let me die–not fair.”

Interestingly, God said, “OK, you win. I will give you 15 more years and those years will be filled with peace.”  You don’t see God do that many times in the Bible.  Still, God gave Hezakiah his request and Judah 15 years of peace and safety in the midst of a chaotic world.  I love this story because it lets us know that God listens to our prayers–Like any dad.

In James, Jesus’ brother tells us that if we are suffering, pray.  If we are sick, call the elders to pray.  He goes on to remind us that the prayers of a righteous person do a great deal of good.  In these times of sickness and chaos, we need to be prayer warriors.  We need to start and end our days on our knees seeking the Lord.  As with the King, God listens, and He longs to answer the prayers of His faithful.  My prayer is that we will put him to the test!

God Bless You

In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him, and said to him, “Thus says the Lord: Set your house in order, for you shall die, you shall not recover.”[a] Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, and said, “Please, O Lord, remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly.

Then the word of the Lord came to Isaiah: “Go and say to Hezekiah, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will add fifteen years to your life.[b] I will deliver you and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria, and will defend this city.

“This shall be the sign to you from the Lord, that the Lord will do this thing that he has promised: Behold, I will make the shadow cast by the declining sun on the dial of Ahaz turn back ten steps.” So the sun turned back on the dial the ten steps by which it had declined.[c]James 5 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working

Isaiah 36-39 A History Break

The Book of Isaiah stops and turns from prophetic to the historical.

It is amazing how brash the Godless can be.  The Assyrian Empire Had grown quite well. It’s King, Sennacherib, certainly thought himself invincible.  As he sent 180,000 troops to surround and capture Jerusalem, he assumed it would be a simple process.  His field commander approached the walls of Jerusalem and made the king’s announcement.  “Give it up…you do not stand a chance. Don’t listen to your king, he is deluded. If you think I am afraid of Him OR HIS GOD, you are wrong.  I am not afraid of the gods of my enemies; I have whipped them all.

Scripture reminds us repeatedly that men’s arrogance usually become the basis of their demise.  Here the Assyrian King placed way too much to confidence in his power and his men.  He laughed at Hezekiah’s promise to the people.  What he was about to learn, however, is that you can never underestimate the power of God.  What makes our Lord different from the rest of the world’s gods is that he is real.  How real? Well looking at the results–Sennacherib would say very real. So would the leaders of Egypt, Moab, Amelik, Midian, Sodom, Gomorrah, Babylon, Greece, Rome, and the list goes on.

I am a strong believer in the power of God. It has carried me through a very challenging journey. He has taught me repeatedly that it is our Lord that controls the lives of men. Our control is an illusion. On this very day as a category 4 hurricane has hit Texas and Louisiana, we are all reminded how quickly things can change.  Through all circumstance, we must seek the Lord and trust Him to carry us through. It will never be like we think, but it will always be amazing.  Help me Lord to trust You through thick and thin. Also, help me not to believe the lies of the world but, cling to the truth of your greatness.

God Bless You


The field commander said to them, “Tell Hezekiah:

“‘This is what the great king, the king of Assyria, says: On what are you basing this confidence of yours? You say you have counsel and might for war—but you speak only empty words. On whom are you depending, that you rebel against me? Look, I know you are depending on Egypt, that splintered reed of a staff, which pierces the hand of anyone who leans on it! Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who depend on him. But if you say to me, “We are depending on the Lord our God”—isn’t he the one whose high places and altars Hezekiah removed, saying to Judah and Jerusalem, “You must worship before this altar”?

“‘Come now, make a bargain with my master, the king of Assyria: I will give you two thousand horses—if you can put riders on them! How then can you repulse one officer of the least of my master’s officials, even though you are depending on Egypt for chariots and horsemen[a]10 Furthermore, have I come to attack and destroy this land without the Lord? The Lord himself told me to march against this country and destroy it.’”

11 Then Eliakim, Shebna and Joah said to the field commander, “Please speak to your servants in Aramaic, since we understand it. Don’t speak to us in Hebrew in the hearing of the people on the wall.”

12 But the commander replied, “Was it only to your master and you that my master sent me to say these things, and not to the people sitting on the wall—who, like you, will have to eat their own excrement and drink their own urine?”

13 Then the commander stood and called out in Hebrew, “Hear the words of the great king, the king of Assyria! 14 This is what the king says: Do not let Hezekiah deceive you. He cannot deliver you! 15 Do not let Hezekiah persuade you to trust in the Lord when he says, ‘The Lord will surely deliver us; this city will not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.’

16 “Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, 17 until I come and take you to a land like your own—a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.

18 “Do not let Hezekiah mislead you when he says, ‘The Lord will deliver us.’ Have the gods of any nations ever delivered their lands from the hand of the king of Assyria? 19 Where are the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim? Have they rescued Samaria from my hand? 20 Who of all the gods of these countries have been able to save their lands from me? How then can the Lord deliver Jerusalem from my hand?”

21 But the people remained silent and said nothing in reply, because the king had commanded, “Do not answer him.”

Isaiah 35–God’s Redemption is Real and Amazing

When one looks at the course of history, It becomes ever more apparent that the term is so fitting. Through the rise and falls of kingdoms and empires, God remains a relevant and specific force of both redemption and destruction.

Isaiah had been giving the Nations of the middle east a truth and foretelling of what lie ahead. In that, there was spot on accounts of the fall of Ephraim, Israel, Assyria, Edom, Babylon and nations around the globe. There was also accounts of Israel’s return and its restoration. Isaiah told of peaceful and prosperous times. He spoke of events where people lived together without strife and in peace.

It is difficult to imagine times of peace and prosperity when one is in the midst of trials and chaos. That is why God continues to remind us that He is large and in charge. We have to change our focus from the circumstances we face to the God we serve.

In short, If we are serving any other gods (Power, pleasure, wealth, lust, selfishness, fear…) will be destroyed in the flurry of events and circumstances that invade our lives. If we seek first God’s kingdom; if we trust God with our entire heart and follow his lead, then He will lead us and direct us to a full and meaningful life on earth and eternal life with Him in heaven when we move on.

He remains God no matter what our choice becomes; but, we can resst in his guidance and restoration , if we will so choose.

God Bless You

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom;
    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
    the splendor of our God.

Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;
say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”

Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
    and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
Then will the lame leap like a deer,
    and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
    and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
    the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
    grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.

And a highway will be there;
    it will be called the Way of Holiness;
    it will be for those who walk on that Way.
The unclean will not journey on it;
    wicked fools will not go about on it.
No lion will be there,
    nor any ravenous beast;
    they will not be found there.
But only the redeemed will walk there,
10     and those the Lord has rescued will return.
They will enter Zion with singing;
    everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isaiah 34–God Deals with His Children’s Enemies

Isaiah 34 promises to deal with Israel’s enemies.  They all sat back, laughed and took advantage of Israel’s demise. Little did they know, that God would not take their abuse lightly.  He loved His people, and as any Father would, He promised to deal with those that treated His beloved with disdain.  In short, Edom was wiped off the map.  Assyria is no longer a nation. Babylon destroyed and all others were dealt with.

In modern culture, Israel still remains.  While Israel is a small country, it wields great wealth, power and influence around the World.  It has a host of enemies and very few friends.  God blesses those that bless His people.  The United States was a part of the reorganization of Israel and has stood as an ally ever since.  In our alignment, The US has been blessed.  We can never underestimate Israels power of the blessing it brings to be their friend.

God calls us to know Him personally.  We have a personal relationship with God through Christ.  Still Israel is a nation started and protected by God.  We need to honor God’s choice ad trust Him to work his plan to raise and drop nations and leaders in His way and timing.  We need to trust God to complete His plan in our lives and the lives of nations.  Help me, Lord to trust and follow You.

God Bless You

For the Lord has a day of vengeance,
    a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause.
Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch,
    her dust into burning sulfur;
    her land will become blazing pitch!
10 It will not be quenched night or day;
    its smoke will rise forever.
From generation to generation it will lie desolate;
    no one will ever pass through it again.
11 The desert owl[b] and screech owl[c] will possess it;
    the great owl[d] and the raven will nest there.
God will stretch out over Edom
    the measuring line of chaos
    and the plumb line of desolation.
12 Her nobles will have nothing there to be called a kingdom,
    all her princes will vanish away.
13 Thorns will overrun her citadels,
    nettles and brambles her strongholds.
She will become a haunt for jackals,
    a home for owls.
14 Desert creatures will meet with hyenas,
    and wild goats will bleat to each other;
there the night creatures will also lie down
    and find for themselves places of rest.
15 The owl will nest there and lay eggs,
    she will hatch them, and care for her young
    under the shadow of her wings;
there also the falcons will gather,
    each with its mate.

16 Look in the scroll of the Lord and read:

None of these will be missing,
    not one will lack her mate.
For it is his mouth that has given the order,
    and his Spirit will gather them together.
17 He allots their portions;
    his hand distributes them by measure.
They will possess it forever
    and dwell there from generation to generation.