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Thoughts on Today's Verse...

We often view difficult times and crises as bad because our circumstances are challenging and confusing. However, difficult times can also be a God-provided opportunity for our hearts to re-awaken to God's steadfastness and our great need for him. Uzziah's death was a horrible crisis for Israel, yet God used this crisis as a providential opportunity for Isaiah and Israel to see the Lord anew in his glorious holiness and faithful lovingkindness. God used this moment in history to call Isaiah into prophetic ministry to Israel, spoke to Israel's crises ahead, and provided hope far beyond the times in which Isaiah ministered. How can God use your crises, hardships, trials, and difficulties? Why don't you ask him to show you what he is calling you to do to bless those around you?

My Prayer...

Holy God, I confess that I get discouraged enduring hardships. I sometimes wonder where you are and why you have forgotten me. Deep in my heart, dear Father, I know you are there. But sometimes, O God, it is difficult for me to hold onto faith when I don't hear your voice or see you face to face. Please strengthen my heart with your Holy Spirit and help me "see" you in a fresh way so that I will open myself to you and be tuned more perfectly to your will and for your service. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to [email protected].

Today's Verse Illustrated


Inspirational illustration of Isaiah 6:1

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