Before I approach today’s verse I want to say how much I am being challenged about what God is teaching us from this chapter in Isaiah.
As others have said, “Arise and Shine” has been the banner over our year at Resurgent Church since January. We have been encouraged to live our lives like Isaiah encouraged the people of his time. I am so thankful that God has made it possible for us to Arise and Shine, by sending his light in the form of his redeeming love for us through Christ’s death and resurrection, and even though the earth and it’s people are covered in darkness, the Lords glory rises upon us! He anoints us to be a beacon of light for him.
What an honour it is to be used by God, especially as he doesn’t need us but he wants to use us, to build his kingdom here on earth because he knows it strengthens us and makes us stronger as we grow and serve him.
On day 10, Justin Morrison, one of the many godly young adults that we have in our church shared from verse 10 about ‘foreigners rebuilding the walls’, as you can hear from my accent I’m also a foreigner in this city. God brought us to Montreal in 2001 and although it was for a career move for my husband we also felt that it was a calling on our lives for God’s kingdom too. We spent a lot of time in prayer before we left our home in Ireland, and although secretly I was praying that the doors would close, instead they flung wide open! We did not know much about the city before we came and It was only when we came here that we realised how few evangelical believers there are in the city and the need for Jesus in the lives of the people is great!!! So we began to feel that God wanted to use us to build his church in this city.
And so to today’s verse,
"For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish, it will be utterly ruined".
Now this is not a light hearted verse, this was definitely a warning from the prophet Isaiah to the nations that are covered in darkness.
But when I think on these words I’m drawn to the new testament, the new covenant, the grace agreement after the redeeming work of Jesus and I read words of forgiveness and reconciliation, a plan to bring light into the darkness.
Let me encourage you with God’s promise In John 1;9, John put it this way -
"The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world!"
"For God so loved the world that he GAVE his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life!"
"The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance"
2 Peter 3:9
This is how much God loves mankind, this is why he established his church on earth, that no one, no city, no nation would perish. This is why at Resurgent church we have a passion for reaching souls, because it is the Father’s passion and desire. Every week after the message our pastors invite anyone who hears the voice of God speaking to them to come to him, they give everyone in the congregation an opportunity to respond and receive this free gift of salvation.
Our prayer today on this day 12 is that next weekend when we run the R1000 outreach ministries, many souls will hear God’s voice and come into his family.
- Sara Cherry
Alpha and New Believer’s ministry.