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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
The people of Israel were foolish to act as if they knew what God was thinking and planning. His knowledge and wisdom are far greater than any human’s. We are foolish to try to fit God into our mold–to make his plans and purposes conform to ours. Instead, we must strive to fit into his plans. (NLT)
Isaiah 55:8-13 – “My thoughts are completely different from yours,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.
“The rain and snow come down from the heavens and stay on the ground to water the earth. They cause the grain to grow, producing seed for the farmer and bread for the hungry. It is the same with my word. I sent it out, and it always produces fruit. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where briers grew, myrtles will sprout up. This miracle will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; it will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.”
I would like to share a portion of G. Selva Kumar’s (Karnataka, India) story:
“. . . Later, when I was reading from Isaiah, I realized that God’s ways and God’s plans are often different than ours. When things do not go our own way at the time we expect, we can fail to see God’s purpose. But God knows what is right for us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I will wait upon the Lord, who knows my every need.
Prayer: Thank you, God, for all your tender mercies. We are ever grateful and indebted to you, and we praise your holy name. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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