• The Lord Returns to His People Devotional

    Isaiah 40:1–5

    Verse 5 of today’s passage indicates that in God’s salvation of His people after the exile, His glory is revealed and all flesh sees it. God does not save us simply for our own sake, even though that is certainly His concern as our compassionate Creator (Ex. 2:23–25). The Lord saves us for His own glory, a glory that He wants the whole world to see. We must long for that as well, working and praying for His glory to be evident in all the nations. View Resource

  • The LORD’s Glorious Branch Devotional

    Isaiah 4:2-6

    When we come to the New Testament, we find that the unexpected—from our perspective—has happened. The latter days of judgment and blessing have been extended for many years, with the Lord’s blessing being emphasized through the preaching of the gospel and the conversion of the nations. That does not mean, however, that the final day of judgment is not coming. Are you clothed in the righteousness of Christ and thus prepared to meet God on that day? View Resource

  • The Power of Prayer Devotional

    Isaiah 38

    God’s granting fifteen more years of life to Hezekiah does not mean He changes His mind like we do. Instead, such accounts show us that the Lord has a real relationship with His people in time and responds to our prayers and actions. Hezekiah did not know how God would answer His prayer for healing, but the Lord did. Similarly, God knows how He will answer our prayers even before we offer them, but that must not keep us from interceding for ourselves and others. View Resource

  • The Primacy of God’s Glory Devotional

    Isaiah 48:1–11

    Dr. John Piper writes: “God’s own glory is uppermost in his own affections. In everything he does, his purpose is to preserve and display that glory. To say his glory is uppermost in his own affections means that he puts a greater value on it than on anything else. He delights in his glory above all things” (Desiring God, p. 43). The Lord will go to great lengths for His people, but He will never sacrifice His glory. Neither, therefore, should we downplay or deny His glory. View Resource

  • Reasoning with the LORD Devotional

    Isaiah 1:18–31

    Isaiah 1:18 is a great promise indeed, assuring us that no matter how much sin has stained our souls, God can cleanse us completely and make us stand before Him as His holy people. But for this to happen, we must repent. We must agree with the Lord’s evaluation of sin in our lives—that it deserves His wrath—and then we must renounce it, asking for God’s pardon and strength that we might resist temptation. We do this not just once but every day of our lives. View Resource

  • Reflecting God’s Glory Devotional

    Isaiah 60

    Today’s passage is being fulfilled even as it is also yet to be fulfilled. The Gentiles are coming to serve Israel’s God, and many of us are proof of that. However, we are still waiting for the day when there will be no need for the sun or the moon because the Lord Himself will be our light (Isa. 60:19–21). We are still waiting for that eternal peace on earth that means no city will need to shut its gates for defense from enemies (v. 11). Let us pray for that day to come. View Resource

  • Righteousness and life Devotional

    Isaiah 8

    Scripture often speaks of God doing a new thing (Isa. 43:19), but this does not mean He is working in an entirely unprecedented manner. Instead, it means that there are connections to the way God has worked in the past, even though His works today are so much greater in scope and effect that we can regard them as “new.” This is a great comfort for us, for if we know that God works in us in ways that He worked in the past, then we can trust Him to be faithful to His people. View Resource

  • The Salvation of the World Devotional

    Isaiah 45:14–25

    Those of us from Gentile backgrounds who serve Christ probably do not consider this fact often enough: We are fulfillments of God’s promises to His people. The Lord promised that the nations would serve Him, and as men and women from all nations are converted, this promise is kept. Of course, this is not due to anything in us, for it is all by God’s grace. Still, it is an immense privilege to be a fulfillment of God’s promise, and we should never tire of thanking Him for that. View Resource

  • The Savior of God’s Blind Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 42:18–43:7

    Today’s passage reveals divine election, for Isaiah speaks of a people who are precious in God’s eyes (43:4). This is not due to any good in them, given that the people are still blind to their sin (42:18–25). Instead, the Lord, for His own good pleasure, chooses to restore a lost people. This restoration of Israel is happening in Jesus Christ, and we who believe in Him have been chosen by God not because of any goodness in us but because the Lord has graciously willed to love us. View Resource

  • The Servant Comes to the Synagogue Devotional

    Luke 4:16–30

    When Christ came the first time, His primary aim was not condemnation. Condemnation was more of a secondary but inevitable consequence of rejecting His gracious salvation. “Whoever believes in [the Son] is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already” (John 3:18). But Jesus will return to judge creation, and many will be condemned then (Rev. 20:11–15). The only way to escape eternal condemnation is to bow the knee to Him as Lord today. View Resource

  • The Servant of the Lord Devotional

    Isaiah 42:1–9

    The Jewish view of the Servant Songs is not wrong in what it affirms but in what it denies. Because Israel’s failure to be the Lord’s servant is so clear in Isaiah, the Servant Songs must ultimately be about an ideal Israel, an Israel who perfectly obeys the calling of God on the nation. This is Jesus, whom the New Testament reveals as the new Israel of God (Matt. 2:13–15; John 15:1–17). Jesus, the ideal Israel, has atoned for the sins of Israel, namely, all those who trust in Him. View Resource

  • The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There is no other way in which we are restored to life than when we are planted by the Lord.” If we trust in Christ, we are planted in righteousness forever, and will be preserved by His hand for the sake of His eternal glory. View Resource

  • The Spirit and the Lord’s Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 61:1–3

    Isaiah 61:3 indicates that one result of the Messiah’s work is to make His people “oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord.” This is an image of permanence, of life in God’s presence forever. John Calvin comments, “There is no other way in which we are restored to life than when we are planted by the Lord.” If we trust in Christ, we are planted in righteousness forever, and will be preserved by His hand for the sake of His eternal glory. View Resource

  • The Spirit of Life Devotional

    Isaiah 32:9–20

    The Holy Spirit certainly worked in the old covenant people, regenerating the faithful remnant to trust in the Lord. Yet the old covenant people knew that a greater measure of the Spirit was yet to come. Under the new covenant, we enjoy this fuller outpouring of the Spirit of God, which empowers all of His people for service and fuels the kingdom’s advance across the earth. We are blessed indeed to live in the era of the Spirit, so let us never fail to submit to His direction. View Resource

  • The Suffering Servant Devotional

    Isaiah 52:13–53:3

    John Calvin comments on today’s passage as to why salvation through the Suffering Servant is so despised the world over: “The loftiness of the mystery is a reason why it scarcely obtains credit in the world. It is reckoned to be folly, because it exceeds all human capacities.” Achieving exaltation through suffering is a strange thing indeed. It is foolishness in our way of doing things, but it is wisdom in God’s economy. We should never diminish the scandal of the cross. View Resource