The Root of Jesse

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Isaiah 10:5-34, Isaiah 11:1-16, Isaiah 12:1-6, Romans 8:19-22

Text: Isaiah 10:5-34, Isaiah 11:1-16, Isaiah 12:1-6, Romans 8:19-22

It is a barren landscape we stumble upon in Isaiah 11.

In the previous chapter, God has struck down every kingdom that comes against Judah, using the imagery of an axe taken to all the trees in the forest. It is stumps and dryness as far as the eye can see, with the exception of one small sign of life:

“Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.”
– Isaiah 11:1

Jesus, born of the bloodline of Jesse, David’s father, is the only surviving hope in an otherwise hopeless world. He is a shoot, or branch, that will come back, bear fruit, and establish a kingdom of peace.

Were I an Israelite in the southern kingdom of Judah, oh, how I would have clung to those words. And, oh, how I want to cling to them today as I look around at the forest I’ve grown.

The trees in my forest are shaped like idols and they grow to stifle the work Christ is doing in me. I water these trees and trim their branches, in search of the life they promise to give. But every time—every single time—I find they bring emptiness instead. I know what it’s like to grow a forest, and I know what it’s like to see every tree cut down, for my idols to be stripped away, one by one by the gracious hand of my Father. When the painful work is done, I look up and see the true Source of the garden, the only remnant of life.

When the things of our lives are torn down, a visual path is cleared that reveals Jesus in a way we couldn’t see Him before the trees fell. This stripping gives us the strength to cling to the True Vine.

Jesus said it Himself. “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without Me” (John 15:5).

Sometimes everything must be torn down in order for us to see that Christ truly is at the center of it all, the reason for everything, the source of our life and all life. Even in a seemingly barren land, He rises up. The root and the branch, the Alpha and the Omega. He was never absent. He has always been here. Through every story and circumstance, a vine running throughout all of history. Christ is in every last inch.

One day this will all be so evident. We will gather together under one banner and the entire world will know. “The nations will look to him for guidance, and his resting place will be glorious” (Isaiah 11:10). Until then, we wait, knowing that no matter how bleak or despairing the landscape appears, the One True Vine grows still.


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  1. Maria Baer says:

    So thankful that in the midst of the bleakness, of my own forest, God has sent His Son, Jesus, to show us the way. And while all may be falling apart like a fire destroying a vineyard, the shoot from the root of Jesse remains to be the light the in the darkness. Thank you Father for your incredible grace, mercy, compassion and love. If you’re reading this during the Grace Weeks in 2023, know that I am praying for you, She’s!

  2. Gina Snow says:


  3. Felicity Di Mino says:

    I am struggling a little with wrapping my mind around God using the Assyrians to destroy most of his people. And then God’s people rejoicing at the end in God’s salvation through such violent destruction. I understand that this is in judgment for sin and idolatry and unfaithfulness and that God pruning away (to put it gently) the sin is opening space for the truth to be exposed and real relationship with Himself. I guess it’s like people finding joy and forgiveness and meaning in terrible tragedy, especially when that tragedy reveals people’s true character.

  4. Linda K says:


  5. Sara says:

    I’m clearly very behind in this study but I’m Ok with that :) I’ve so enjoyed every day and seeing the contrast of God’s wrath before Jesus and then getting glimpses of how Jesus took all of that wrath upon himself. Day 10 in particular was a lovely reminder of how he is all that I need and all that I desire.

    1. Monica says:

      Sara, you’re never behind. Gods word is always timely. You receive it right on time.

  6. Danya Ho says:

    Jesus, born of the bloodline of Jesse, David’s father, is the only surviving hope in an otherwise hopeless world. He is a shoot, or branch, that will come back, bear fruit, and establish a kingdom of peace.u

  7. Tash says:

    I’ve just gotten so far behind – I let stress and anxiety cloud me. Hate how easily swayed I am.

    1. Ashley Echevarria says:

      Girl you are not alone!! I am the same way. It’s frustrating but just remind yourself that you can just jump right back in and keep going.

  8. Jen Gladwell says:

    Finding this study hard to get into when the scriptures are soooo long – especially now I am couple days behind :(

    1. Laura says:

      I hear you. I’ve been trying to catch up today.

    2. Jeanette says:

      I too am struggling a bit. It is my first Bible study. I am seeking Him, but so unfamiliar with the Bible and it is very difficult to read/understand.
      I am on day 9. I read it first online (Bible Gateway-The Message) and then one more time in my Bible, marking certain things. Some days, I write verses that speak to me in my notebook , or I journal if I am moved. Day 3 spoke and moved me.
      Just keep at it, we are learning and pleasing Him.

      1. Andrea S. says:

        Jeanette, I pray that God will speak tenderly to your heart as You read His word. I’ve done plenty of Bible studies and there are times when it doesn’t make sense to me either…but stay in His Word…He will speak to you :) keep moving forward and know that at just The right time he will speak so beautifully to your heart that you want even begin to fathom it❤️

      2. Jennie says:

        Don’t give up ladies! The first half of Isaiah can be really heavy and hard but trust me, it gets better… the second half gets a better with some hope filled, joy-filled, encouraging passages!

      3. Hannah says:

        I would recommend watching the Bible projects video explanations on the first half of Isaiah- great resource and really helped me get a better understanding of the context and big picture of the book.

    3. She Reads Truth says:

      Jen, you’ve got this! Praying that the Lord would give you a stamina and desire for His Word. Grateful to have you studying with us!

      – Stormye

      1. Debbi says:

        I am glad that I am not the only one. I am having such a hard time with Isaiah. My mind just wonders when I am reading such long passages. But I am striving to go forward. I do like reading all of the comments. I have learned so much from everyone else’s thoughts.

  9. Brenda T says:

    This devotional was incredibly beautiful.

  10. Adrienne says:

    The pruning that happens hurts but I can say that although things are hard in Life, it is so true God is always near and he will carry you through….

  11. Peggy Huffman says:

    prayers for Leah for God’s healing. Prayers for Heather and Zoe. I too have felt this way. Cling to God’s promises He is our light in the darknes

  12. Zoe says:

    I have been feeling very flat and bleak for over a month now. It’s getting me down. Prayers would be much appreciated ♥ Some days it’s all I can do to stick to the SRT plans when normally I love to read my bible and several other devotional. These days the words flow in and out of my mind without an obvious impact on me. Isaiah especially has been difficult to get through. Pray not only for the light at the end of the tunnel but that I find the joy of God in the dimness of the tunnel, too.

    1. Heather says:

      Zoe I’ve been feeling really out of sorts lately too and have also been struggling getting through this Devo. Prayers you can feel some lightness soon and we can both gain something from working through this Devo ❤

      1. Kristin says:

        Praying for you both to be renewed!

    2. diane says:

      Oh, Dear Sister in Christ, I read your words and my spirit could feel your dimness. I am praising you for continuing with SRT even though you feel it’s just going through the motions. God is with you, He knows you thoughts, feelings and everything you’re going through and He is glad you are here with HIM. You my dear friend in Christ are in my prayers. Lord, God Heavenly Father, praising you and rejoicing in your love. You have blessed us with so many riches. Thank you Lord for allowing us to see your beauty and love even in this dismal world. Lift Zoe up as she follows you, give her eyes to see your love and sight the understand your words. You Lord, Jesus Christ are our rock and savior and we give ourselves to you.

    3. She Reads Truth says:

      Zoe, praying for you in this. Asking the Lord to make your heart deeply desire Him and His Word daily and to have a thirst that can only be quenched by spending time with Him. Grateful for you and for letting us know how to pray for you.

      – Stormye

    4. Lori says:

      Thank you for sharing your feelings. I could copy and paste what you said. I have been struggling with my God connection lately, as well. I keep praying and studying but for some reason I keep feeling distant. I’m grateful for the ladies on here whose strong beliefs and testimonies keep me going.

  13. Jess says:

    This is truth I needed today. I realized that I was putting all of these things like the trees that are growing or getting in the way of seeing Jesus in my life. I love that the practice of recognizing this daily is a practice that I am learning during this study. Seeking who he is in my life has been one of the most overflowing things these last 10 days. Thank you for sharing Jesus with me through the truth of Isaiah.

  14. Brie says:

    Thank you for this site! The Lord has used it in so many lives!

    I am scared to admit lately I see God doing so much around me and yet I end the day with this distance inside me like He is far away and I have pushed Him there with my idols and walls.
    I want those to fall down yet I am so fearful that I don’t know how to let it happen.

    1. Nancy says:

      Brie, ask the Lord to have His Holy Spirit break down those walls and to open your heart and mind to see everything He has in store for you. He loves you so much! Praying for you my Sister in Christ.

    2. She Reads Truth says:

      We’re grateful to have you, Brie! Praying for you to feel the nearness of God and to seek Him through His Word every day.

      – Stormye

  15. Angela says:

    I have been wondering this question : what good is prophecy of deliverance and future hope when it did not happen to the people who lived at the time of the prophecy? I am trying to picture myself in the Israelite’s shoes, and supposed there were a few good people, what good did these prophecies serve for them when their lives might just as well be destroyed together with the unrighteous when the judgement came, and the promised deliverance did not even happen until hundreds of years later?

    1. Kovalentine says:

      Good question, Angela. I don’t have the answer but will ponder it. Part of me feels like the people then had a totally different perspective than we do today with our need for instant gratification. It is difficult to put myself in their place when I know the end of the story. ;)

  16. Elaine says:

    A friend just recommended this site and I am so moved. Thank you for this inspirational imagery.

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Elaine, we are so glad to have you reading with us! Welcome!

      – Stormye

  17. beccamacd says:

    Coming to this at the end of my day (in the UK) and struck by the imagery of the ‘forest of idols’ – speaks so clearly to where I am today, stuck in a cycle with idols, especially food and praying I choose God and his truth over the lies that are often easier to agree with. Thank She Reads Truth for all you do in sharing God’s word with us.

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Glad to have you studying with us from so far away! Thank you for sharing. Grateful for you!

      – Stormye

  18. Julie C. says:

    How do you praise God? I’m not asking rhetorically. Really. How do you praise God? This was not something I have learned growing up. We sing songs at church, but what does praise outside of church look like? I read Isaiah 12:1-6, and I am intimidated because to be honest, I am not the most eloquent. I know God tells us to let my words be few and I don’t need to be eloquent, but when I try to praise God like in Isaiah, I feel silly and insincere. Often times, my praise is thanksgiving, but is that praise?

    1. KD says:

      YES! YES! YES! Your every thanksgiving is praise! Anything you appreciate from Him can be praise to God! Take a photo of something beautiful & acknowledge His creation, sing a worship song in your car, kiss the cheek of a small child, sit in the sunlight peacefully & soak in the very feeling of Him on your skin, listen for a song in the rain & thank Him for restoring the land. ANYTHING you offer in thanksgiving & honor of the Lord, is a praise to Him. I write/doodle in a journal, I thank Him for my morning coffee, I praise Him for my humble/kind boyfriend & make collages for my studio, or make random gifts for friends who are on my heart (like muffins & cookies–who cares if I bought a tube of dough at the store? LOL). The Lord sees your EVERY effort to praise Him & will reward you in so many beautiful ways for it. Keep up whatever you’re doing! HE KNOWS YOUR HEART & SEES YOUR EFFORT!! Just your sincerity in asking these questions today is a praise to Him, because you’re trying & wanting more of Him.

      1. Holly Garcia says:

        Thank you for your examples of praising God through thankfulness!

      2. Jen Downs says:

        Beautiful description of praise. Thank you!!

      3. She Reads Truth says:

        This was so encouraging, KD! Thank you for sharing – what a great reminder to us all! Grateful for you.

        – Stormye

      4. Debbi says:

        KD, I really like reading this. Thanks for sharing.

    2. Barbara says:

      If you can’t find the words yourself, there is nothing wrong with offering God words from Scripture, or someone else’s prayer. He knows what is in your heart, and He won’t mind if you have to borrow someone else’s words to express it. Eventually, they will become your own prayer. As you’ve noticed, there are wonderful praise passages in Isaiah. I also love Psalm 95.

    3. KrisR says:

      I feel the exact same way. I love the praise to God King David says in 1 Chronicles 16:8-36 after the Ark of the Covenant has been brought back to the City of David. It is quite long but I plan on memorizing it for my morning prayers.

    4. RondaGale says:

      I love to list out Names of God and how He works in my life as praise to Him. I say Almighty God, the One True God, My Savior, Lover of my soul, Provider, Redeemer, Healer…. and on and on and on…
      my heart praises Him in worship of Who He Is!

  19. Susan says:

    Sometimes my life seems like that forest cut to stump. They trip me up, even though I know they cut for a purpose. God has. His plan and I must be patient and open to the path He has left for amongst all the rubble and detritus. Help me choose the path you’ve left for, Lord and not a dead end.

  20. Kate says:

    “Sometimes everything must be torn down in order for us to see that Christ truly is at the center of it all…” I’ve spent the last two years searching for my purpose–my niche in this world. At 41, I’m asking daily, “LORD, WHAT I MADE TO DO?” I’ve asked Him hundreds, if not thousands, of times since moving from one state to another, uprooting my life. I am a small business owner & am working to make it successful, so I may contribute a great deal more to my family of two. Before my move, I had a very comfortable life, rooted in a close-knit church community & a job with all the perks. Here, I struggle to find my place anywhere… I am in the middle of the barren forest–no friends, no church home, no community; everything’s been stripped away. I wrap my arms around hope, though, in order to survive w/out anyone seeing/hearing the struggle to do what used to be easy–driven creativity, small business ownership & trusting the Lord’s hand over all of it. I AM CLINGING TO THE HOPE & BELIEF CHRIST WILL SHOW ME THE PATH. The Lord is my only energy. I pray for Him to reveal my life’s purpose/work & to show me where my hands belong for His Glory.

    I know we all have been in a place like this. I know we’ve all struggled with life’s weariness. I’m holding on to the hope of Christ’s renewal & forgiveness for my burdened heart. My journal reads back that HOPE is my broken record. It must be my place, right now. None but the Lord, Himself, can provide it in any time of our lives. Hope is the growing place where my branches have been cut.

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Kate, thank you for these beautiful words. I was encouraged by what you said and agree that we must cling to Christ and the Word of God when all else is unstable or uncertain. Thank you for sharing.

      – Stormye

  21. Amber says:

    I am loving this visual of a forest being stripped away, painfully pruned so that we can see clearly what truly matters- Jesus. He is the True Vine indeed!

  22. Emma says:

    God is my salvation. God is doing work in me which will break painful things off but God is there to heal and restore me. There are things in my life that I need to cut off and let go of so that I will see God more clearly. God is the source of my life and I will let go and live my life through His Spirit and the plans He has for me. At times my life may feel dry and a desert but His vine is still planted in me ready to grow and continuing to grow.

  23. caroline says:

    yes yes yes! —>”When the things of our lives are torn down, a visual path is cleared that reveals Jesus in a way we couldn’t see Him before the trees fell. This stripping gives us the strength to cling to the True Vine.” Thank you Jesus for the barren lands so we can cling to you!!!!!

  24. Amber Galleguillos says:

    ” I will praise you, O Lord. Although you were angry with me, your anger has turned away and you have Comforted me. Surely God is My Salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is My Strength and My Song; he has become my salvation. With Joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12: 1-3 Love Love this thank you!!

  25. DeeDee says:

    It’s 9:46 as I read this so I’m praying right now!

  26. lisa says:

    “Sometimes everything must be torn down in order for us to see that Christ truly is at the center of it all, the reason for everything, the source of our life and all life.” This devotion touched me so deeply. Six years ago, I lost almost everything when I left an abusive situation….my marriage, my home, one of my 4 kids, my extended family, many friends and my church. I am still reeling from the losses and grief. Yet, it has drawn me closer to Jesus than I could have imagined. When I raise my hands in worship it is because I have experienced years of barren land and I my focus is on the still small shoot of life, the vine I cling to. I am reminded of the dry bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14. I am so grateful for God’s mercy and restoration!

    1. She Reads Truth says:

      Lisa, what a powerful testimony. Thank you for sharing. We’re praying for continued healing and restoration for you. Grateful for you!

      – Stormye

      1. Lisa says:

        Thank you Stormye. I am grateful for this community and your prayers. It is the way in which God is speaking to me in this season!

  27. Leslie says:

    Praying for you Leah Dear Father guide the Drs give them your skill provide your healing power Lord. Give Leah peace and comfort in her recovery. Give grace to her caregivers. Restore her to health Lord Jesus I pray.

  28. Leenda324 says:

    Prayed for you now Leah. It’s 9:19 EST which means you’re probably still in the thick of it.

  29. Keri McCue says:

    I think today’s world and culture really struggles with “forests of idols”. I know I do. Everywhere I look there’s an idol distracting me from spending time with Him. Things that aren’t really evil in and of themselves. I don’t think today’s church takes this serious enough. If it is distracting you from Him it’s an idol. Plain and simple. This took a long time for me to really admit in my life. I STILL struggle with this! I’m so thankful for passages like today’s reading in Isaiah to remind me that I need to allow God to clear the path so I can clearly see Him!!

  30. help please says:

    how did some of you get your picture next to your name in the comments i can’t figure it out

    1. Nete says:

      Praying for you Leah!

    2. Keri McCue says:

      I created a “gravatar” a long time ago. It connects to your email so anytime you enter your email to comment it will pull the picture. Here’s the site Just go there and click on “create your own gravatar” and it will walk you through the process. I believe you can apply it to multiple emails. Hope this helps :)

  31. NaStephens says:

    Isaiah 11:10 struck me as it said, “…the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation to all the world.” Wow! Christ waged war against sin and raised the banner of salvation for all to see and to rally around. That banner is Himself. Boy, I needed that reminder today.

    1. Anna Donovan says:

      Loved that imagery too!!

  32. Olivia says:

    Seasons of change and uncertainly seem to be how God tears everything down to built it back up in my life! Lord, give me the strength to continue down the hard road with a joyful, open heart. The idea of searching for “hope in an otherwise hopeless world” snagged me today… I’ve just finished One Thousand Gifts (anyone else love Ann Voskamp?) and I’m trying to focus on the beauty in the small things through journaling the little moments of beauty. Narrowing my focus has been so hope-giving so far! Praying today for the courage to seek Him.

    Navigating Grace – Making space in the present to better know a creative, loving God.

    1. Katalina says:

      Amen Olivia!

  33. Paula S says:

    I love this whole devotional. Especially the part about a visual path being cleared to Jesus. I have lived the truth of this.

  34. Kylee says:

    I know too well what it’s like to watch the forest of my idols fall before my very eyes. If I close them I can still hear the crackling embers and smell the smoldering ashes, signs of destruction from a God who exercised His mercy in taking from me all of the things I thought defined me, the things I thought I wanted more than anything else. It hurt to no end to lose those things, but then I saw the Vine. It was all I could see: God, growing in me something I couldn’t have made with my own hands, something I needed to lose everything else to find. And it was good.

    Two years out from that most difficult time, I am want for those first moments of trust after the fire. And I’m praying a sincere prayer that we would all feel desperate for Him today, the true vine from which we find LIFE. Strip away anything that obstructs our vision, God – may You be the only thing we see!!

    1. Shannon says:

      Thank you for sharing.

    2. Leigh says:


  35. Cassie Kendall says:

    I love this part of Isaiah 11: “He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes, or decide by what he hears with his ears.” How many of us are SO quick to do exactly that! We can so quickly write someone off or judge someone based on a single word or appearance. Lord, help us all to see the people and situations around us with YOUR eyes instead of our wordly eyes!

    1. Kendra says:

      These verses stuck out to me as well and with those same thoughts. I’m doing a little heart check this morning.

    2. Jen Downs says:

      Thank you Cassie. I am struggling with this with a couple family members. I have been so focused on the hurt that they do to me and my husband. We have been reminded lately that we are the Christ followers in this relationship and we are to be as Christ. Self sacrificing when we want justice and loving when we want revenge. When I ask God to stand up for me this time He gently reminds me that He did. And He stood up for those who hurt us too. They hurt us because they do not know the true love of a Savior. If I love Jesus I am to show the same love and forgiveness afforded me too many times to count to others. To see their unseen hurts. Hard….but always worth it.

  36. Terry Anderson says:

    Praying peace and healing, a smooth procedure and recovery, Leah!

  37. Katalina says:

    Sometimes for there to be restoration and new beginnings, it must come in the form of “destruction.” The forest we’ve been given along with our personal garden were nourished and flourishing with all the things God wanted. As the years went by, we began using our own methods of caring for these sacred places. We soon realized the life that was already made began to wilt and slowly die. We tried to bring it revive it, drowning it in water, exposing it in too much sunlight, ripping out what was already growing for a new sign of life. This is what I had done. Mine looked like an abandoned farmland that never saw a harvest or a forest after a wildfire had broken out. No sign of life and whatever hope was there had disappeared…until I was given one more seed by God. One more seed and one more decision to regrow and rebuild. I was hesitant but made the choice that would change my life. I planted that seed, and Sisters, that seed grew into all different kinds of wild flowers, trees as tall as skyscrapers, and the ground producing something new every day. God keeps His promises to His people. We only have to listen and obey, follow what He commands and even through the tough seasons, He will provide and He will not allow us to wilt away so long as we keep our gazes fixed on Him. Don’t be afraid if your places are looking like how I described, just make the decision to start rebuilding and regrowing. It’s just what you needed to start living again :)

    1. Audrey says:

      I love this!

    2. Charity Brooks says:

      So encouraging and well worded. Thank you for sharing.

    3. She Reads Truth says:

      Katalina, loved what you said: “God keeps His promises to His people.” What a wonderful reminder this morning! Grateful for you.

      – Stormye

  38. Laura says:

    Hi ladies, in the last couple days a close friendship of mine disintegrated due to some hurtful things I did unknowingly. The situation is heavy on my mind and heart. Could you be praying for reconciliation and forgiveness for both of us? Thank you!

    1. Zoe says:

      Just prayed!

    2. Katalina says:

      Prayed for you Laura!

    3. Lynne says:

      Laura, God can heal all relationships. I am praying He will heal this one.

    4. Alexis says:

      I know how this feels. Praying for healing and restoration!

    5. She Reads Truth says:

      Laura, praying that the Lord would heal, repair and restore your friendship. Thank you for sharing your prayer request with us.

      – Stormye

    6. DebbieinAZ says:


  39. Jacki says:

    The verse that this brought to mind for me was Job 14:7, “At least there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail.” I’ve always loved this idea of there being hope for a tree cut down- always putting myself in the place of the tree. That I can be dead in sin, but look, at the scent of water, a sprout. And I think that there’s truth in that. But if you take it alongside our reading from today, it’s even more powerful. The new shoots WILL NOT FAIL. Jesus has this thing on a lockdown. What could be more beautiful than that?

    1. Alexis says:

      Love this! Thanks so much for sharing <3

  40. Alece says:

    Oh Lord hold up Leah today. We call on you to be her Great Physician. May you heal her and we will give you the glory and honor for this miracle.

  41. Churchmouse says:

    Sometimes the fewest words carry the greatest weight. “On that day…” “One day…” I need to take note, pay close attention. The words that follow those two phrases are promises, sure to come true in God’s good time. Righteous judgment. An eternity in glory for those who believe. Against the headlines of today, these words are comforting. No need to fear.

  42. Chris says:

    After the Forrest fires in Colorado, the Forrest is strikingly beautiful!! The contrast of the blackened trees with the almost instant new growth of those beautiful purple flowers that are first to grow!!! God is good all the time!! We just have to look and trust!! The vine will then produce fruit again!!

  43. Audrey says:

    There are so many thoughts I have as I read today’s passages. I know Isaiah 10 was also part of yesterday’s reading, but this morning as I re-read it I felt a warning to myself to not be like the Assyrians. It’s a reminder how God truly uses anyone and everyone for His purposes. However, the Assyrians took their role farther – they became haughty, prideful. God would soon destroy Assyria as well. I look around at the modern day church and too often I see Christians who think it is their job to uphold and defend God among the “sinful.” They judge and condemn people because they think it is the right thing to do. They use Scripture as a weapon, not against the true enemy, but against people who need the life-source of Scripture. And my heart is humbled and saddened. God needs no defense. It is not ours to judge, but it is ours to trust. To obey. To love…in His love.

    The other thing that strikes me this morning is the personal nature of our God. I LOVE Isaiah 12:2 – The Lord, the Lord HIMSELF, is my strength and my defense…..Do we realize this morning that the God of all creation and time is our personally refuge?! We can cling to His robes and snuggle our faces right into His shoulders and receive His firm, warm embrace. God is not a distant dictator that says “do this and I will protect you.” No, He is the God that says I will give you life among your destruction. I will send MY life to dwell among you…a shoot for you to be grafted into. I am giving you ME! The Lord Himself….He is our personal, intimate, merciful strength and defense. Amen!

    1. Lisa says:


    2. Hope M says:

      Wow, these are such powerful words. Your insight gave me a clearer understanding of this passage. Thank you so much for sharing and blessing me! ❤

    3. Kersti says:


    4. Mel says:

      I love your description Audrey! May we avoid Assyrian pride and snuggle up with our Father.

    5. Kovalentine says:

      Well said!

  44. Kim says:

    Yes, hallelujah! Praise the Lord on high for the root of Jesse, Jesus Christ, the source for the remnant to cling , or true vine!

  45. Rochelle says:

    Praying for you now Leah.

  46. Caitie says:

    I just LOVE the imagery of a barren land with one true, beautiful vine shooting up from the stump of Jesse, rising above all of the desolation. This might sound silly, but I picture it like an Instagram picture, with the background fading away and the crisp, clear focus being on the vine. All of the wreckage fades away in his light!

    1. Tammy says:


  47. Well done Andrea Lucado-I absolutely loved reading this devotion! “The trees in my forest are shaped like idols.” So much to ponder and pray over. Thank you

    1. peanut cheese says:

      very well put indeed

  48. Kathleen says:

    The vine is the one try hope. It’s hard to see it in this messy world sometimes but it is there, strong and healthy and capable of being in all things. Prayers for seeing the vine today.

  49. Leah says:

    Good morning sisters!
    Today I will have my surgery. It is a very dangerous surgery more dangerous than open heart. Please pray for me. Please pray for an easy healing. I’m scared of pain meds and I’ll be having 4 different types through ivs. I’ve been sick for 2 years and traveled from Texas to Connecticut for this. I have a ligament strangling an artery…thank you all. It will be at 9:45 eastern time❤️

    1. Kristine L says:

      Praying for peace for you Leah, wisdom and steadiness for your medical team, and the healing hand of our Father to cover all.

    2. Julie says:

      Praying for you right now in MA!

    3. Brandi says:

      Praying for you right now!cant wait to heat your testimony of what the Father does, is doing, has done, through all of this!

      1. Deborah Malloy says:

        Praying for you right now!

    4. SB says:

      Prayers for you Leah!

    5. Julia says:


    6. Shannon says:

      I’m praying for you right now, Leah. God bless you, dear sisterz

      1. Nete says:

        Praying for you!

    7. lynne says:

      Praying for you…that your surgery is successful and for a full recovery:)

    8. Caitie says:

      Praying for peace for you and your family and that the surgery goes smoothly!

    9. Nancy Grant says:

      Praying for you, Leah.

    10. Many prayers for you Leah!!

    11. Liz says:

      Wow… praying for you!

    12. Karen says:

      Praying for you!

    13. Hannah Clanton says:

      I am praying for you today Leah. May the Lord carry you through this surgery and may He give the doctors the wisdom and the strength that they need. God Bless!

    14. Jenna says:

      Praying for you and the surgeons

    15. Keila says:

      Leah, you are in my prayers today.

    16. Mandy Siege says:

      Praying for you, Leah!

      1. Kim says:

        Prayer you Leah

    17. Stacie says:

      Praying Leah – may God hold you close as He directs the hands of the physicians and all those who care for you in the days ahead.

    18. Blessed says:

      Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
      Praying for you Leah! ❤ He is with you!

    19. Churchmouse says:

      Praying for you!

    20. candacejo says:

      In Jesus’ name! Guide the doctors hands, Lord, and give perfect peace to Leah and her family. ♥

    21. Lisa Malinowski says:

      Prayers coming from NY. Praying for peace that surpasses all understanding during this procedure and recovery Leah.❤ Lisa

    22. ~ B ~ says:

      Praying God’s peace over you Leah. Praying that God guides your surgeons and that your recovery is swift and without issue. Leah, I am so glad you are finally going to have relief, so prayerful over your health and heart today! ~ Betsy

    23. Laura says:

      Praying with you, Leah!

    24. Katalina says:

      God will be with you Leah! Praying

    25. Pam says:

      Praying for a successful surgery and peace!

    26. Victoria says:


    27. Alexandra Moore says:

      Praying for you Leah ❤

    28. Whitney says:

      Praying for you sister! May the peace of Christ overshadow you, your doctors, and the whole process!

    29. Cynthia says:

      Praying for The Lord to guide the surgeon’s hands and for His presence to be felt with you. Glory to God!

    30. Shannon says:

      Praying for you and the medical team taking care of you. You are probably getting ready right now. Know the God is with you all.

    31. Kaye says:

      Praying now for you, Leah!

    32. Alexis says:

      Praying peace over you during your recovery.

    33. She Reads Truth says:

      Leah, we are all praying for you and asking the Lord for a safe surgery and healthy recovery. Also asking that the Lord would bring you peace in this time and comfort as you are away from home. Grateful for you and grateful to know how to pray for you in this time.

      – Stormye

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    36. Tina says:

      A day late but non the less, lifting you up in prayer Leah…. praying God be with you giving you peace, His peace that surpasses all understanding.. praying He is in the healing and that His healing hand be upon you in the days to come building you up in strength and well being…
      Sending you Leah, a BIG hug filled with love from across the pond… xxx

    37. Jackie says:

      Praying that you feel God’s love and peace through this ordeal. Praying that you see ghost loving hand and that God is with those doctors, nurses, and care givers! God works for the good of those He loves and He loves you. ❤️

    38. Kovalentine says:

      Two days later, praying for you Leah to the God who is not limited by time or space. Praying this second day in recovery is going smoothly and that the surgeons were able to correct the problem. Bless you!

  50. Christina says:

    I haven’t studied Isaiah in depth to know if I’m on the right track, but it seems to me in Isaiah 10 that God is saying, “Woe to Assyria for being chosen as my tool of judgment upon My people. And once Assyria has completed My wrath upon My people, he will be judged as well. He is arrogant and thinks he has accomplished My discipline himself, but he has not. Until then, Judah, he is progressing toward you. Be prepared.” And then, desolation.

    But from the smoldering ashes rises a Shoot, small and insignificant at first, to be sure, but full of life and hope. The Shoot has come. We have seen Him grow in significance from babe to man to unjust death to seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us. And we continue to hope for the day when baby plays among serpents, wild beast grazes with gentle, and the result of the deserved wrath of God upon our sin produces full repentance and eternal change in our hearts and lives. May it be so, Lord Jesus. May it be so.

    1. Kendra says:

      Good words, thanks for sharing, Christina!

  51. This morning as I listened to the news another related analogy spoke to me related to this passage. We have wildfires going on here in Florida and it made me think about how after these fires are put out, growth eventually happens again. All it takes is one seedling. Growth can happen out of destruction.

    1. Rhonda says:

      Thank you…we in Kansas are battling the wild fires as well. Praying for you in Florida as well this morning. Your analogy speaks to me this morning.

  52. Amanda says:

    “No storm can shake my inmost calm, while to that rock I’m clinging. If God is Lord of Heaven and Earth, how can I keep from singing?”

    1. Naomi says:

      This lyric touched me today. Thank you for sharing Amanda!

  53. peanut cheese says:

    Beautiful piece. If I was the one designing the lockscreens, I might have picked this verse:
    “Sing to the Lord, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world”
    Currently I’m listening to sons of Korah “Excalt the Lord our God, Holy is he” – Psalms 99