Headlines from the New York Times for Monday, February 6, 2017
- Trump and Staff Rethink Tactics After Stumbles – The backlash against a series of executive orders has President Trump and his top staff reconsidering their improvisational approach to governing, administration officials said.
- Turning the Tide Against Cholera – Two centuries ago, a global pandemic rose from the swamps of Bangladesh. Now researchers there may have found the tools to stop it.
Reading from Isaiah 5.1-17 for Monday, February 6, 2017
Chapter 5 ends the introduction to the book of Isaiah. The promised hopeful future that is presented at times in these chapters can only be realized as the people conquer their pervasive impulse to sin. Justice and righteousness is essential to a positive future for the nation.
The problem the people face is that their passion for pleasure has become uppermost and a passion for God, his truth and his ways has been squeezed out.
Isaiah 5.16 is a key verse, but I encourage readers to consider all seventeen of the verses today.
Verse 16 – But the Lord of hosts is exalted by justice, and the Holy God shows himself holy by righteousness.
Verse 16 is what makes God truly God, which sets him off as divine. What marks God as God is his essential justice and righteousness. These characteristics are what must eventually come to the forefront if the nation is to realize God’s designed future for it.
Prayer for February 6, 2017
Dear God, please help national leaders to know your will. Please help them hear from you and respond faithfully to your direction. May justice and righteousness direct our nation. Please enable people who claim allegiance to you live as your followers. As you show us the next right thing to do today, may we do it.
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