September 28

Isaiah 54:1-57:14; Ephesians 6:1-24; Psalm 70:1-5; Proverbs 24:8

Have you become so comfortable with the way life is that you do not expect anything good to happen? Israel had suffered in exile and foreign opposition. Even though God promised to bring them back home to their land and bless them, He could never do it so long as Israel saw themselves as slaves and unworthy.

In the midst of their exile, God’s promise of hope had to come with a word of encouragement to make plans for better. God tells Israel to expand their territory and make room for more because soon they will be “bursting at the seams.” God can fill whatever receptacle you give Him.

Your faith will only work to the degree you are in expectation for better. But, then you have to make plans for better. Are you planning for a better career? Are you planning for a better marriage? Are you planning for a better life? If so, God will meet and exceed every expectation you put before Him.

God has given you His Word that you are blessed. He will keep His Word because “It always produces fruit” and it will “accomplish all” God wants it to.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Isaiah 57:15-59:21; Philippians 1:1-26; Psalm 71:1-24; Proverbs 24:9-10

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