Isaiah 52:13-15 ESV - 13 Behold, my servant shall act wisely; he shall be high and lifted up, and shall be exalted. 14 As many were astonished at you-- his appearance was so marred, beyond human semblance, and his form beyond that of the children of mankind-- 15 so shall he sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths because of him, for that which has not been told them they see, and that which they have not heard they understand. Isaiah 53:1-3 ESV - 1 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:4-6 ESV - 4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned--every one--to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Jesus is God, willingly bearing our griefs and carrying our sorrows. Instead of gratitude and worship, He was despised, even considered that he must not be any good if God "treated him so." What cosmic rebellion to disregard such sacrificial love and mercy. Romans 5:6-8 ESV - 6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person--though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die-- 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Pray for the Persecuted Church — OpenDoorsUSA
Christians in CAR (Central African Republic) remain in a precarious situation. In the northeast and southwest regions, they continue to be specifically targeted for their sole allegiance to Christ.
Nearly everywhere else, they are caught regularly in the crossfire between the abundance of rebel splinter
groups that battle each other for territory. Meanwhile, the humanitarian crisis is worsening in the country, and in June 2021, was at a five-year low—making life even harder for vulnerable believers.
Day 1: Pray that God will bring lasting peace and
stability to CAR.
Daily Wisdom Psalm 8, 38, 68, 98, 128 Proverbs 8