"O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches, and yield your fruit to my people of Israel... For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you,
and ye shall be tilled and sown."
(EZEKIEL 36:8-9, KJV)

ISAIAH 35:1-10

Here the Lord says He is for the mountains of Israel because they will produce food for His people returning from captivity. By this the Lord is showing He also is for His people. He is on their side (see Psalm 118:6). With this “behold” the Lord wants us to know He is for us.

It is a primary need for us that we should feel appreciated and affirmed… that someone important to us is on our side. Perhaps you know how hard it is to perform well in the face of those in authority who are against you. When I was a young executive, I was experiencing some personal opposition. Just at that point, a senior director let me know that I shouldn’t worry; he was on my side. Can you imagine how that freed me from anxiety? And we have Someone far higher than that who is for us!

Isaiah 38:17 tells how the Lord, in His deep love, “kept me from the pit of destruction.” Our own pit may be the adversary’s trap or it may be one of our own making, but the Lord loves us right out of it because behold, He is for us!




Scripture Focus

ISAIAH 35:1-10

Insight

HE NEVER SAYS "I TOLD YOU SO." INSTEAD, HE LOVES US OUT OF OUR PITS OF DEPRESSION AND SIN.

Bible In A Year

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