Archive for August 3rd, 2013

Isaiah 60

Isaiah 60 has a focus on our awareness of God at work.  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you”.  How do you start your day?  I was always less than excited when my parents would say rise and shine, but seems that was a scriptural thing to say.  J  We do need to begin with the awareness that ‘light has come and the glory of the Lord risen’.  We have much to be grateful for as we wake up to a new day each morning.  God is there.  He never went to sleep, and He is in control.  So rise and shine is exactly how we should start the day!

Isaiah goes on to tell us why we should start that way.  “For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you”.  Circumstances may be bad and our situation not what we might like, but God is still there and His glory is on us.  As Christ Followers, even when things seem bad, we are still His.  He is still in control and completely in charge.  We need to remember that God is in the darkness and the yuck.  He knows our situation and will come to our aid.

In fact, we are reminded that God is all we need.  “The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give you light; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory”.  God is enough.  We don’t need the sun or moon, or anything else for that matter.  The Lord is all we need.  He alone is worthy of our praise.  He alone should be our glory.  There is nothing we lack if we are truly walking with Him.  He is more than enough.  He is more than able.  He is our everything.

Isaiah ends this chapter reminding us that when God is in charge, we are not limited by what the world sees or thinks of us.  “The least one shall become a clan, and the smallest one a mighty nation; I am the Lord; in its time I will hasten it”.  God can take us where we are and as we are and make us far more.  And here is the key – He doesn’t need our help to make that happen.  Too often we try and elevate ourselves our way and then pray asking God to bless what we’re doing or have done.  But God will do it in His time and His way.  It isn’t up to us to make things happen.  God has it all under control.  We just need to walk with Him.

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