Archive for August 20th, 2016

Isaiah 26

Isaiah 26 tells us more about the last days.  In that day, there will be a lot of joyful singing, such as this song that will be sung in the land of Judah.  In that day, all will know the strength and glory of the city of God.  The Kingdom of Jesus Christ on this earth will be made up of cities – redeemed cities, glorious communities organized under the strength and salvation and righteousness and truth of the Lord. God’s plan is not that we are isolated from all community but that the Kingdom of God will be realized in a strong city.

We serve an amazing God.  “Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock”.  There is no other that even comes close to the power and stability of God.   He is alone in His sovereignty and pwer.  “For he has humbled the inhabitants of the height, the lofty city. He lays it low, lays it low to the ground, casts it to the dust. The foot tramples it, the feet of the poor, the steps of the needy”.  The world will see His power and His ruling of His Kingdom.

If we want the least resistance on our journey through life, we need to learn to walk with God in righteousness.  “The path of the righteous is level; you make level the way of the righteous”.  It doesn’t say there will be no ups and downs or struggles or persecution or suffering.  It does say that our path will be level – that we will find some peace and consistency and levelness in life if we walk in righteousness – obedience to God.  Ultimately God’s mission is to make us holy.  Judgment and other struggles are part of His loving and teaching us righteousness.  “For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness”.

Isaiah gives us a glimpse of what lies ahead.  “Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy”!  We will rise again someday.  We’ll stand before God and give account for how we have lived.   Those who have been redeemed from their sins through the blood of Christ will be protected.  The rest will experience Christ’s judgment.  “For behold, the Lord is coming out from his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity, and the earth will disclose the blood shed on it, and will no more cover its slain”.  How much better it will be to walk under the cover of Christ’s love and sacrificial blood on the Cross!

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