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Blessing or Distraction?

Daily Reading // Isaiah 17:1-14


Take a moment to quiet your mind and prepare your heart for your time with the Lord.


Read the passage above up to three times aloud. Allow yourself to feel the words as they are read.


Now direct your focus on the words, phrases concepts or sentences that got your attention. What is God speaking to you today through His word?

Isaiah 17:7 In that day a man will look to his Maker, And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.

This chapter describes a pretty tough time. All the things that usually gets a person’s attention are failing - the city is crumbling; glory is waning; fatness is being lost; the harvest is gone; altars, idols and strong cities have come to nothing. When all the distractions and diversions are gone, then a man will look to his Maker.

Is that what it takes? Do the distractions of life, good and bad, keep me from looking to my Maker? A blessing, given by God, can become a distraction very easily. Everything we ’lose’ ... aren’t those all things we have been given? If a ‘blessing’ distracts me from God, is it really a blessing? If a ‘curse’ draws me to God, is it really a ‘curse’? Is anything in my life today distracting me from my Maker? Whatever it is, I will eliminate the distraction.


Pray in response to what the Lord has spoken to you.

Maker, You have made heaven and earth, and You have made me. All that I am comes from You. My future is Yours to unfold. I turn my attention to You right now. That is the right place for my attention to be. I choose you over every distraction.

Tomorrow’s reading -> Isaiah 18:1-7

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