1 Arise, shine;
For your light has come!
And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.
2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,
And deep darkness the people;
But the Lord will arise over you,
And His glory will be seen upon you.
3 The Gentiles shall come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see:
They all gather together, they come to you;
Your sons shall come from afar,
And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
5 Then you shall see and become radiant,
And your heart shall swell with joy;
Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.
God has predicted many things for the future of His people. What a day it will be when the nation of Israel will come to the light of God and will fully dwell in His light. What a day for them when the world is in darkness but they will know the light of God in its full radiance. So great will be the light in them that the Gentile nations, living in darkness, will come to them in the light. All of the wandering sons and daughters of Israel will see the light and will come home to their families and to their nation. The people of Israel and Gentiles who come to their light will see and will become radiant and their hearts will swell with joy as God brings His great abundance to them.
I must ask, has this day come yet? Why of course not. Israel is a pariah to many and a marginalized nation to others. The land of Israel is not a place of the light of God nor a place of the incredible blessing of God. No, this day has not yet come, but by the word of Lord, it is coming! In a time when all news is bad news, let’s focus on some good news that is yet to come.
There will come a day when there will no longer be haters on the right nor on the left. We won’t have to read the news to find out the bad things that happen for there won’t be any bad things happening. The darkness of sin will be consumed with the light of the Lord and we, walking in His light, will understand all things. God’s justice will be executed and it will be perfect justice. Sin will be defeated and Satan will be bound. There will be a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Can we say with the hymn writer, “Oh, Lord Jesus how long, how long, ere we shout the glad song, Christ returneth, Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Amen”
I trust you can join us tonight for all of our Wednesday night activities. We have Kids club, Youth group, and adult Bible study and prayer meetings. It all starts around 7:00. We need a few new workers for the Fall Kids4Truth program. Please let me know that you want to help with this great training ministry for our children.
I updated the website last night with three of the past messages. Got a little behind but got caught up.
Have a great day in the Lord,