Numbers 34, Psalm 78:38–72, Isaiah 26, 1 John 4

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Numbers 34, Psalm 78:38–72, Isaiah 26, 1 John 4. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Isaiah 26.

Isaiah 24-27 records a prophecy about the future. It was future to Isaiah, of course, but it is still future to us because it addresses the kingdom of God which has not yet fulfilled the promises in this section. Our passage today begins with the words, “In that day…” which start telling us what life will be like in Christ’s kingdom. First, it will be a secure place because verse 1 says it is a “strong city” where God’s salvation serves to fortify it. That may keep evil doers out but the gates are wide open for the righteous according to verse 2. If only these things were true today! The prosperity of the wicked and the persecution of the righteous are enough to discourage anyone. But verses 3-4 turn our attention to the present. What do we do when the kingdom of God seems far away because the kingdom of now seems so strong and oppressive? We turn our attention to God: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” God’s promises offer so much more security than a bank account with six figures in it or a politician from your party in the White House.

And what makes these promises worth focusing on? What keeps them from being platitudes with no substance? The answer is God’s justice. He will decimate the proud and unjustly powerful according to verses 5-6 while also providing a stable life for those who walk obediently in his word.

Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.