Isaiah 6:1 – The Throne: Even Kings Die

Daily Devotional Bible Verse

In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. (Isaiah 6:1 ESV)

This was a momentous day for Judah, and the southern kingdom. King Uzziah had prospered them greatly during his fifty-two year reign. He had assumed leadership at the young age of sixteen after his father, Amaziah, was killed. Uzziah successfully led military campaigns, fortified Jerusalem, built cities, brilliantly equipped an army of over 300,000 men, and even employed skillful inventors who crafted defense machines (2 Chronicles 26:5-15). In short, he oversaw wonderful years in Judah. But, unfortunately for both King Uzziah and his people, he did not heed the “fear of God” in which he had been instructed (2 Chronicles 26:5; 2 Chronicles 26:16).

Uzziah seemed able to accomplish anything he set his hand to, but [Read more…]

Proverbs 9:8-9 – The Wise Graciously Take Criticism

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; 
reprove a wise man, and he will love you.
  Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; 
teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning. (Proverbs 9:8-9 ESV)

Taking criticism can be difficult. Nobody likes to be told that what they are doing is wrong, especially when they think they are right. However, a wise person takes criticism graciously. A wise person understands that they do not know everything.

If you’re acquainted with someone who believes they know everything, chances are they aren’t truly as wise as they perceive themselves to be. [Read more…]

Nehemiah 2:7-8 – Prayer, Preparation, and Planning

Daily Devotional Bible Verses

And I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors of the province Beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah, and a letter to Asaph, the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress of the temple, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall occupy.” And the king granted me what I asked, for the good hand of my God was upon me. (Nehemiah 2:7-8 ESV)

Nehemiah’s countrymen, the Jews, were living in destitution. The once powerful walls of Jerusalem were little more than scattered rubble, and her great gates that once protected the people and welcomed their friends were reduced to char and ash (Nehemiah 1:2-3). This broke him, and he began praying earnestly for God to work mightily on the Jew’s behalf (Nehemiah 1:4-6 & Nehemiah 1:11). However, he didn’t stop there; rather, he started planning for the day when God would answer his prayer. Many of us wait for God to work and answer prayer, like Nehemiah, but unlike him, we aren’t prepared for when he does. God uses that time of waiting to prepare us, which he did with Nehemiah.

Nehemiah served king Xerxes as a cupbearer, a trusted position. [Read more…]