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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Today’s scripture reading:
God will not leave his work of national restoration unfinished. In this image of birth, God shows that he will accomplish what he has promised. It is as unstoppable as the birth of a baby. When all the pain is over, the joy begins. (NLT)
Isaiah 66:7-13 – “Before the birth pains even begin, Jerusalem gives birth to a son. Wo has ever seen or heard of anything as strange as this? Has a nation ever been born in a single day? Has a country ever come forth in a mere moment? But by the time Jerusalem’s birth pains begin, the baby will be born; the nations will come forth. Would I ever bring this nation to the point of birth and then not deliver it?” asks the Lord. “No! I would never keep this nation from being born,” says your God.
“Rejoice with Jerusalem! Be glad with her, all you who love her and mourn for her. Delight in Jerusalem! Drink deeply of her glory even as an infant drinks at its mother’s generous breasts. Peace and prosperity will overflow Jerusalem like a river,” says the Lord. “The wealth of the nations will flow to her. Her children will be nursed at her breasts, carried in her arms, and treated with love. I will comfort you there as a child is comforted by its mother.”
The Lord says, “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.” — Isaiah 66:13 (NRSV)
Gary Story (Kentucky) titled his story “CHILDHOOD MEMORIES;” here is a portion of Gary’s story:
“. . . I think of those times in our lives when God touches us with love and grace in moments of hurt and uncertainty. Those memories bring comfort and peace as well as thanksgiving and humility that God would intervene in the life of parents trying to comfort their children.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When life seems hopeless, God’s steadfastness gives us hope.
Prayer: Loving Father, thank you for being present in our lives always. 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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