This devotional is penned by Barry.
Isaiah 60 - a bright and future hope
Today marks the 80th Anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of Britain. Churchill described that time as our Darkest Hour. No one knew which war the war would turn. Only in the fullness of history did the darkness and despondency give way to light and hope and then the final victory.
As we have read through Isaiah we have seen her in one of her darkest hours. Yet as we come to the final chapters of his prophecy we begin to see that the
Gloom gives way to the Gospel of Present Grace and Future Glory.
The language of Isaiah 60 is full of rich imagery pointing to the Golden Age which begins now and ends in full glory
The Gospel (1-9)
The Light rises dispelling the darkness (1-3) and the nations will be drawn to the brilliance of that Light (4-9) and they will adorn the House of the Lord - His Church (7) The Light will bring freedom (8) Our sin kept us as caged birds but now we can fly…..!!
The Gentiles are flocking into the kingdom. Well did Peter write concerning them (1 Peter 2:10)
“Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” And we have witnessed this ourselves. Not only British Gentiles but Gentiles from China ,Malaysia, Hong Kong, Iran, Kenya, Italy, Columbia to name but a few are coming through our doors, some finding Jesus for the first time and others joining with us to worship at ‘His glorious feet” (13) knowing that the Lord is our Saviour, our Redeemer (16)
We will live in a place where violence, devastation, destruction will be no more. Our worship will be unhindered (18). The Light which dispelled the gloom will be our Everlasting Light The created light gives way to the Uncreated (19-20). Mourning for loss and mourning for sin will be a thing of the past. The new land will be our possession and we will be fully righteous at last for God will be our Glory (21)
It all seems too good to be true….but God ALWAYS keeps His Promises (22)
In July 1940 no one knew what the outcome was going to be.
Thank the Lord that we do know the end from the beginning and that God’s promises never fail .So in Churchill’s words “Never never never never give in….” We know that victory is certain and sure.