The news that we hear these days. some times spell a dismal gloom over us.
Even in the church, among God's people, not so encouraging things seem to happen. Amid all this, today's reading from the word of God, showed God's heart and great hope came to me.
"Awake, awake O Zion. Clothe yourself with strength, put on your garments of splendor, O Jerusalem, the Holy city.
The uncircumcised and the defiled will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust,rise up. Sit enthroned O Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,O captive Daughter of Zion.
For this is what the Lord says,'You were sold for nothing and without money you will be redeemed'."
I wondered, Am I in a state of slumber? Is my church in such a state? Have we made ourselves captives to things that our Lord hates. As we examine the Holy Spirit will show and convict us. I was encouraged by the promise of our loving Lord to redeem us. We are called to rule and reign.
Our Lord gave us the robe of righteousness which we did not deserve, when we first accepted him. It is His righteousness that gives us strength to live for Him , holy and separated unto Him. That is called the adorning of the saints. When we drift into things of the world that are not pleasing to God, we soil the pure garment and become unclean in God's eyes. How the loving Lord calls us to be set free once again, to be able to boldly proclaim His redemption, salvation and peace to the lost![Isa.52:7]
Then, [when we come back] the watchmen of our souls will rejoice, because we are back with the Lord in Zion.[v.8]
It is good to consider where we are now: Am I in Zion with the robe of righteousness clean and pure and with the strength of the Lord? Or in Zion sleeping? Or defiled weeping? Or one of the watchmen praying?
The Lord reminded me that it takes courage to be on God's side.
It is the place of victory.