The Lord Be With You Today!
I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged Me,
(The Lord declares that our failures, even our lack of faithfulness,
do not prevent Him from carrying out His purposes.
Today, we can rest in His promise of strength for the day,
knowing that the strength that comes from Him
is always sufficient, always enough, always adequate,
always fortifying us so that we endure, we persevere, and we triumph.)
so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides Me.
I am the Lord, and there is no other.
(The Lord has just declared that He has chosen the Persian king Cyrus
from among the pagan kings of the world
as His servant to carry out His purposes
of defeating Israel’s Babylonian captors and releasing His people.
By giving Cyrus victory over the mighty Babylonians,
the whole world will know that God is Lord and stands alone as God,
that all the gods of the Babylonians and the Persians
would be exposed as worthless and powerless.
He declares that besides Him, outside of Him,
there is nothing and that He is everything.
Whatever mighty army we face today, the Lord reminds us here
that He leads us to victory over the situation
so that we and others may see Him revealed
as eternally omnipotent and sovereign.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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