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A Daily Devotion for Thursday, Feb. 2

Isaiah 5:20


Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.


This verse reminds me of times when I may have been swayed off course a bit. Sometimes we can be tempted to see things a little differently than they really are. Have you ever had a "friend" who encouraged you to join in with something that was not quite right? Gossip? Meanness? Evil does seem like a very strong word, but even small unkindnesses are evil. Even when we mean no harm, harm may result.


Lord, help me to be kind, to remember always to make the good, righteous choice. Your Holy Spirit will help me if I just listen. Amen


Becky, transforming

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Beverly Flynn
Beverly Flynn
Feb 02, 2023

Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

Even the word evil suggests darkness to me. Cain murdered his brother because

his own works were evil and he hated the goodness in his brother, Abel. Sin twists and distorts our sense of love, mercy, and justice. Isaiah saids It is a fact that the line between good and evil is fearless and God warns us never to confuse the two when we are in our sin and of the world and of the evil one. Man without God is a contradiction, He sees evil a…

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Rosalind Spiller
Rosalind Spiller
Feb 02, 2023

Isaiah 5:20


The evil I see in this verse is the evil of lies. Those who insist that something untrue is true. They’ve learned that if you tell a lie often enough, it becomes your truth and the truth of those around you. As Isaiah says “what sorrow for those who do this.” In today’s world, we see this behavior in many different places. I hope to be well informed so I do not fall into this trap.


Prayer: gracious God, help me avoid the evil of lies that hurt others. Amen

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Barbara
Barbara
Feb 02, 2023

Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good and good evil who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.


It appears that some people have lost their moral compass to know what is good and what is evil. We always have choices. We can follow our conscience and do good or we can deceive ourselves in thinking the bad is good. The good will follow God’s plan and the bad will follow the even one.


Dearest Lord, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to be my guide in knowing right from wrong. I hope to always follow the good one to the best of my humanness. In Jesus…


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Tom
Tom
Feb 02, 2023

Isaiah 5:20 i cannot help but reflect on this verse culturally. It is just my nature. Isaiah’s prophetic message is extremely relevant in today’s world wherein things held to be true for generations are now considered outdated, false or even hateful. In the unfolding of history, pivoting on some issues seems right and prudent. On other issues, the outright rejection of what has held to be true for centuries seems reckless and dishonoring to God. Consider, for example influential British philosopher Peter Singer’s justification of infanticide (not abortion, but the killing of an independently living baby) on the basis of his argument that they are “not human.” You can look it up, as they say. This is a horrifying extreme, but…

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