Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Resurrection: Celebration of New Life in Christ

Jesse Samuel

St. Andrews MTC, NY

“The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory” Verse 19

    In the earlier chapters of Isaiah, God would act to rescue the nation from enemy armies and to punish wicked Israelites as well. He would also rescue His  people from sin. Since this task is impossible for any human to complete, God himself, as the Messiah, would personally step in to help. You see, whether we sin once or many times, our sin separates us from God and will continue to separate us until God forgives us.

    This current passage is full of promises. My favorite verse in the entire passage, as highlighted in the beginning of this devotion, is the reality of those promises. The places mentioned in this passage belonged to obscure tribes in the Arabian desert hundreds of miles from Israel. All people would come to Jerusalem because God would be living there  and would be attracted to His light. We should not be discouraged when we look around and see so few people turning to God; one day people throughout the earth will recognize Him as the one true God.


    When the Holy Spirit dwells within His people, they change. Former desires no longer matter, our aim is to please God. As we read these promises, we long for their fulfillment. But we must patiently wait for God’s timing. He is in control of our time, and He weaves together all our lives into His plan.

PRAYER

“Father, we thank You for the abundant blessings You’ve showered upon us. Help us to understand the full meaning of the resurrection. In Your name we pray. Amen.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. - James 1:17