Father, Isaiah is filled with the vision of Your triumphant return!
You bring reward to Your people. You come avenging Your people, righting wrongs done centuries ago and ever since. Even Your people do not deserve Your great salvation, but You will bless the remnant You have chosen and those who call on Your name.
Father, help me keep my eyes on that future. And my focus on You and Your promises, not on what is happening here on earth.
Here on earth the wicked seem to be the prosperous. “For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.”
When I listen to the voice of modern society and how far it has pulled away from You and Your standards, it is easy to wonder if I am still on the right track. I see people who do not worship You who prosper so greatly, with seemingly no consequences.
They amass influence and power and become the people who drive my nation and its values. And I wonder: Do You see? Do You see what is happening in Your world? The one You created so carefully? So lovingly?
I seek to live according to Your principles, and it brings challenges and trials.
So I will remember Your promises. I trust Your plan. And these Words of Yours strengthen me: “I am always with You; You hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward You will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
Whatever the earth can offer is nothing compared to all You have already given me, and have promised me will be my future with You! Thank You! Amen