January 24, 2015

Today you should read: Isaiah 60

After all of the idolatry, sin and persecution of God’s people in the book of Isaiah, we focus on the future glory of Israel in today’s chapter. I don’t know about you but I’d be pretty discouraged as God’s people up to this point. If I could be honest, it could be pretty easy to get discouraged today when I think about all of the times that I heed God’s warning against sin in my life or idolize something in the place of God. I also recognize that I’m not the only one in this struggle as I see a media report every week or so about a pastor’s hypocrisy, a spouse’s affair or some other type of scandal. However, like Israel in Isaiah 60, we know that there is future glory. God does not abandon us, despite our abandonment of Him.

In this chapter we see that the rest of the world will see God’s Glory through Israel. Israel was not only a rebellious people at this time but heavily persecuted by surrounding nations. To read and see that they will be considered righteous and that the world will serve them, instead of persecute them show’s the great grace and sovereignty of our God. It’s also a promise that God has for the New Israel, God’s people for today, those who profess saving faith in Jesus Christ. We know every creature and every nation will bow down to God (Romans 14:11, Revelation 5:13) but it’s through us that it is revealed.

27 To them (the church –v. 24) God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. –Colossians 1:27

So as hypocritical as you may feel or as discouraged about the church that you may be, you need to trust in God’s promise that He is faithful in His promises to you and will glorify Himself through you. This does not mean that you shouldn’t do anything until then. As we learned from the previous 59 chapters, God is constantly telling us to repent & believe, persevere & evangelize. We will still fall short as Israel did, but get back up because Christ in you is ultimately the hope of glory for the world.

Posted by: Erik Koliser/strong>

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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