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Isaiah 28-42

Hezekiah’s story is so sobering to me. He starts out well. When Assyria threatens, he turns to God. He trusts God’s salvation. He throws himself on God’s mercy when he gets sick. God grants him healing, and an additional¬† 15 years. And then, what he does with those 15 years . . .God, please help me finish well. Keep me close to you, obedient to you.

Mark 7-10

Do I treasure tradition more than God’s Word? What “leaven of the Pharisees (religion) and Herod (culture) do I need to beware?

Did you notice all the different ways that Jesus employs to heal? He is so personal and intentional.

Did you see that the father of the demon-possessed boy believed, but he had been so disappointed. The disciples had tried to drive out the demon, but they were unsuccessful. The father took another chance; he brought him to Jesus. I do believe; help my unbelief! I have been disappointed for so long . . . and Jesus had compassion . . .(chap 9)

Lord, I want to not just “take in” your Word — I want your Word to go deep, take root, grow, and bear fruit. Change me by your word. Make me tender to obey you, whatever the cost. amen.

God is Sovereign. One of his names we see over and over in Isaiah is “Lord of Hosts” or “Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

Isaiah 14:24, 27 CSB – 24 The LORD of Armies has sworn: As I have purposed, so it will be; as I have planned it, so it will happen. … 27 The LORD of Armies himself has planned it; therefore, who can stand in its way? It is his hand that is outstretched, so who can turn it back?

Eight years ago I had no idea that I would go to the doctor to get a “game plan” for bone spurs in my neck and come out with thyroid cancer and imminent surgery.

I had no idea that a successful cancer surgery would turn to a hypothyroid “storm” that sent my autoimmune disease into ultra-high gear . . .affecting my heart, my brain, my lungs, my esophagus.

I had no idea then I would be where I am now.

But God is sovereign. He is in control. What he purposes, he accomplishes. He has a plan. And it is good.

God had a plan for the demoniac in Mark¬† 5. God had a plan for John the Baptist. We see God’s plan unfold throughout scripture.

God’s sovereignty is such assurance to me.


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