September 21 – Daily Notes – Amanda

water cycle

Today is a nature themed day. In Isaiah, we read about God making the sun move backwards, and in our psalm, we read of God’s provision for the earth. Isn’t it fascinating how creation works? God’s intricate design allows us to breath air that plants then filter so we can breath it again. Water evaporates and then condensates in clouds so it can rain and provide for plants, animals, and us. It’s pretty incredible when you really think about it.

Isaiah 37:1-38:22:

  • 1-7 – Hezekiah is a faithful king and reaches out to Isaiah to seek his help in calling upon God in his time of distress.
  • 4 – “Rabshakeh” is the Assyrian king’s chief cupbearer, which would make him a very high-ranking official.
  • 14-20 – Hezekiah is not pleading to God based on his own merit, he is pleading to God’s sovereignty and goodness. He also asks that God save his people so that God may be glorified. This should be our desire in everything we ask God – that he might be glorified through showing his goodness.
  • 21-35 – God responds to Hezekiah’s prayer.
  • 36-38 – God told the people of Judah they didn’t need to worry and then he proved it.
  • 1-22 – Hezekiah pleads to the Lord to extend his life and the Lord does.
  • 7-8 – There is one other account of God stopping or moving the sun. It is found in Joshua 10 when Joshua needed the sun to stand still in order to defeat their enemies.

Galatians 6:1-18:

  • 1-5 – We are to care for our friends and help each other out with our difficulties. We have to be careful not to allow this practice to cause us to take on the other person’s sins though.
  • 7-10 – From the good we do in the world, good things come. This might mean we are blessed or someone else is, but good comes.

Psalm 65:1-13:

  • David gives God praise for all the ways he provides for the earth. God not only created nature but he made it beautiful and beneficial. He deserves praise for this.

Proverbs 23:24:

  • It makes sense that a father would delight in a wise, righteous son.

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