Minute in the Word
“Rest in the Strength of God's Power”
For the LORD spoke thus to me with his strong hand upon me, and warned me not to walk in the way of this people, saying: “Do not call conspiracy all that this people calls conspiracy, and do not fear what they fear, nor be in dread. But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble on it. They shall fall and be broken; they shall be snared and taken.”
Isaiah 8.11-15 ESV
TODAY’S READING: ISAIAH 5-8
For Judah, the glory days were truly over. Powerful enemies were now gathering to their north. In today's reading, Judah was urged to come back to the Lord. He would be their shield and strength. He would be their sanctuary. But, if they rejected Him, He would cause them to stumble and fall. What about you? Are you resting in the strength and power of your heavenly Father? He calls on you to trust in Him. He will get you through. Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm, Ephesians 6.10-11, 13.