"O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. At the tumultuous noise peoples flee; when you lift yourself up, nations are scattered, and your spoil is gathered as the caterpillar gathers; as locusts leap, it is leapt upon. The Lord is exalted, for He dwells on high; He will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and He will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is Zion's treasure." - Isaiah 33:2-6

My challenge for your today is to examine how you see God's strength and sheer presence. In this particular passage (which is just one of many), Isaiah indicates that things will happen just at the very movement of God and that if He so desires, He could make one noise and scatter the nations. The reason this is such an encouragement to me is because this the being that has determined that I am worthy to be called His child. He has adopted me and sanctified me through the blood of His Son and now when I feel that the world, or people, or circumstances are closing in around me, I can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is a loving God who refuses to let me be overtaken. This is encouragement personified, it is intended to make you aware of who you serve, and ultimately give you the abundant life and hope promised by Jesus Himself.

I hope this is helpful to you today and I am praying for you this week.

- Scott