The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 31:8
“Assyria will fall by no human sword;
a sword, not of mortals, will devour them.
(During Hezekiah’s reign, the Assyrian King Sennacherib,
leading a seemingly indomitable force, held Israel captive.
The Lord has just told the Israelites that they must stop
their unholy worship of the idols they have adopted
and that, when they do forsake those idols and return to Him,
He will defeat the Assyrian army.
As a metaphor for the evil forces
that control and hold us in bondage today,
Assyria is no less a destructive and powerful force in our lives.
The Assyria in our lives today is whatever holds us captive,
whatever grips us with fear, whatever keeps us from forgiving,
whatever we fret about and worry over,
whatever we depend on that is not of the Lord.
And just as surely as in Isaiah’s time,
the Lord reminds us today
that He Himself will defeat this enemy of ours.)

They will flee before the sword
and their young men will be put to forced labor."
(As impossible as it may sound,
this vast army will be so decimated and its conquest so complete
that its soldiers will fall back in total retreat and taken captive.
The Lord is telling us today that He will decimate
whatever seemingly mighty army opposes us,
whatever turns us away from trusting in the Lord.
As we look to Him and to His power and to His purposes,
what appears to be an unconquerable Assyrian force in our lives
is completely defeated under the Lord’s command.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ’s love,


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