Today you should read: Isaiah 18
I often share with my students who I wasn’t the greatest of academic examples in High School. I was an avid reader and got good grades until middle school where I embraced a sinful identity and reveled in being the rebel kid who smarted off to teachers and didn’t care about school. I barely passed each year. Sadly, after becoming a Christian in High School, I still didn’t put my best effort toward school and struggled with most subjects. Most classes, that is, with the exception of History. After becoming a Christian I listened to my history teacher and read my history books with awe in amazement, as I couldn’t help but to think how a Sovereign God was obviously in control over all of history when rulers were raised up and fell down. I bring this up because I was reminded of these times of worship in high school, seminary church history classes and at times when reading the news today when I read today’s Scripture in Isaiah 18.
Isaiah brings the world’s attention to God’s quiet presence and sovereignty in history in v. 3-6. Like clear heat in the sunshine or a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest, invisible yet known and effective. God works and reveals Himself through history. People and countries try to take control of their own affairs but nothing is done without the permission of God and He quite often acts on His own Will showing people we don’t control our lives and the future but ultimately God does.
Vs. 7 says..
At that time tribute will be brought to the LORD of hosts
from a people tall and smooth,
from a people feared near and far,
a nation mighty and conquering,
whose land the rivers divide,
to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the LORD of hosts.
Which means that every person will recognize God as creator and ruler of all things in history and our lives. This truth will either bring a great peace or a great fear in our heart as we recognize that we are not in control of our own lives, our children’s lives and our children’s children lives. God is and we need to do all that we can to let the world know that and how to enter into a relationship with this God of history through the good news of Jesus Christ in which all of history points to.
Posted by: Erik Koliser