Journal Entries
Every weekday you will find a journal entry here from someone different in our church family. 
 
Click the scripture title and scroll down to see a comments section where you can ask questions, share insights and post your own SOUL Journal entry for the day!
 

Isaiah 30

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Scripture

Isaiah 30:22

Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!”

Observation – What does it say?

In the midst of God punishing his rebellious children, he longed to be gracious to them and show them compassion (verse 18). And so, after the time of experiencing the wrath of God the prophet speaks of a time when God’s people would experience his tenderness and grace. In this time God will be there when they cry out to him, he will answer them immediately, he will open their eyes to see him and will direct every one of their steps.

In response to experiencing the incredible love and grace of God, verse 22 says the people will toss the idols and things they treasured like the most repulsive garbage.

Understanding – What does it mean?

When you experience the love and grace of God, everything else you valued pales in comparison and He becomes the sole object of your pursuit, desire and worship.

We’ve all had those friends we were close to until they found a boyfriend or girlfriend. Suddenly they disappeared. They became so obsessed with their new relationship that they didn’t seem to care at all about anything they used to value, even their relationship with us.

It sounds a bit like Paul describing his priority shift after experiencing God:

Philippians 3:7-8

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ…

Life Application

Take a moment to honestly reflect. Looking at how I spend my time and money, what are the things I’ve been valuing that need to be discarded? What needs to take a back seat so I can go after God?

Abstain from the acceptable to gain the unattainable.

Trash the useless idols so you can make room for the one true, living God!

God, thank you for your incredible love and mercy that you have lavished on me! Nothing compares to knowing you. I choose to go after you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength! Forgive me for wasting time watching tv or on my phone when I could be enjoying your presence and relationship with you! I choose to say no to those things and to choose you instead today. Amen.



Isaiah 29

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Scripture

Isaiah 29:13

 The Lord says:

“These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.

Observation – What does it say?

Isaiah, prophesying about Israel’s future, tells of a time that the Lord will make a declaration about the prophets, the learned and the teachers of his people. He will say that they are essentially hypocrites, play actors.

Understanding – What does it mean?

Hundreds of years after Isaiah penned it, Jesus


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Isaiah 28

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Scripture

Isaiah 28:11b-13a

God will speak to this people,
12 to whom he said,
“This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;
and, “This is the place of repose”—
but they would not listen.
13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:
Do this, do that…

Observation – What does it say?

God had offered rest to his people but they rejected his offer. They refused to listen. As a result, they were left with just rules and commands, hoops to jump through; rules and commands they were sure to break without the strength and wisdom provided by relationship with God.
Understanding – What does it mean?

God offers the same rest to people today, rest that only comes through


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Isaiah 27

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Scripture

Isaiah 27:2b-3a

2 “Sing about a fruitful vineyard:
    I, the Lord, watch over it;
I water it continually.

Observation – What does it say?

The vineyard represents all those who believe in the Lord, including the people of Israel and the church today. Speaking about his vineyard, God declares that he personally looks after it and waters it without ceasing.

Understanding – What does it mean?

What struck me in reading this today was the


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Isaiah 26

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Scripture

Isaiah 26:3

You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.

Observation – What does it say?

Isaiah is prophesying about a declaration the people who live in the land of Judah will make. From experience they will say that it is possible to experience perfect peace. It comes from God, to those whose thoughts are fixed on him, because they trust him.

Understanding – What does it mean?

According to the YouVersion Bible app (used by millions of people all around the world), the most highlighted verse in all of the Bible is


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Isaiah 25

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Scripture

Isaiah 25:9

In that day they will say,

“Surely this is our God;
we trusted in him, and he saved us.
This is the Lord, we trusted in him;
let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation.”

Observation – What does it say?

When Jesus comes again, all those who trusted in him will see him and rejoice in their salvation. The world will see that their trusting was not in vain and that God is indeed faithful and did come to save them as he promised he would.

Understanding – What does it mean?

Some versions translate that word trusted as waited. The picture I imagine is of meeting


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Isaiah 24

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Scripture

Isaiah 24:23

The moon will be dismayed,
the sun ashamed;
for the Lord Almighty will reign
on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem,
and before its elders—with great glory.

Observation – What does it say?

Isaiah prophesied about the Lord’s second coming, a time when anything previously exalted will be humbled and God will take center stage for all the earth to behold his glory. I love The Voice Translation of this verse:

A shadow of shame will settle over the full moon and bright sun,
and their brilliance will begin to fade;
for the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies,
Will rule from His chosen place on earth—Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
and His glory will shine out with brilliance for the elders to see.

Understanding – What does it mean?

We know that Jesus is coming back to judge the earth, that the wicked will be condemned and those who have believed in Jesus will be rewarded. On that day we will literally see


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Isaiah 23

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Scripture

Isaiah 23:9

The Lord Almighty planned it,
to bring down her pride in all her splendor
and to humble all who are renowned on the earth.

Observation – What does it say?

Tyre was a great a port city on the Phoenician coast famous for the people’s advanced technologies and skills in shipbuilding, sailing, and trading. In this prophecy against Tyre, God is warning them through Isaiah that their pride in their great city will soon come to an end.

Understanding – What does it mean?

That word pride in the original Hebrew text is the word pronounced ga’own. It is translated


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Isaiah 22

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Scripture

Isaiah 22:12

The Lord, the Lord Almighty,
called you on that day
to weep and to wail,
to tear out your hair and put on sackcloth.

Observation – What does it say?

The people of Judah and Jerusalem’s sins and poor decisions had led them to time where many people had died. Not because of war (verse 2) but because of famine and disease. But, the war was about to come as the surrounding valleys would soon be surrounded by the chariots of their enemies.

In all of this, God had called to his people to mourning. The things described in verse 12 were all things in Israelite culture that one would do when they were grieving over their sin and turning to God. But while God was calling for repentance, the people were calling for a party! Complacent about their struggle, they said to each other, “Let us eat and drink for tomorrow we die.”

Understanding – What does it mean?

Before I came to Christ I made some bad decisions and had to go to court. When I went to my lawyer’s office for the first time, I sat down in in his fancy office in front of


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Isaiah 21

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Scripture

Isaiah 21:3

At this my body is racked with pain,
pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labor;
I am staggered by what I hear,
I am bewildered by what I see.

Observation – What does it say?

This pain Isaiah is describing was caused by the terrible vision God gave him of the destruction of Babylon. The vision is harsh and violent, but very real. The prophet describes this vision and the others like it as “burdens,” for it is hard to bear such bad news. This news is so bad and shocking, that it literally causes Isaiah physical pain. Yet, the fact that this prophecy is recorded in scripture is evidence that Isaiah was still faithful to accept and declare this prophecy.

Understanding – What does it mean?

When hearing horrible news, whether it is that a loved one was diagnosed with a serious illness, that your company is planning layoffs, or that God is going to punish the ungodly, the tendency of many is to


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