April 18
‘Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.’ 1 Corinthians 1:26
Bible reading: Isaiah 29:17-24 (Go to the Bible passage)
Here Isaiah speaks of the great day, the Day of the Lord. Then the rugged wastelands of the Lebanon will be fertile fields and the fertile fields will seem like a forest. In that day, no man will be able or willing to put his trust in his own possibilities. The spirit of self-satisfaction will be broken by the mighty hand of the Lord. All who rely on their own shrewdness or power will be defeated: false testimonies given by highly esteemed people will not be believed anymore.
O, wonderful day of retribution for all evil that disfigures the earth! O, dreadful day for the tyrant, the mocker, the villain, the perjurer, the liar, the violator of justice; it will be the end of them!
Is it not yet a very short time? Blessed are those, who wait upon Him. In that day, the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see, and when the children of Abraham recognize the work of Gods hand, they will no longer be ashamed.
It will be over with the empty religiousness, hollowed out through meaningless words. For the humble will rejoice in the Lord and the needy will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
This is the healing blessing for everyone, who has come to know Jesus as Lord. But also great and wonderful will be the glory of Jacob, the people of Israel, when the self-assurance of God’s people will be broken and they will keep His Name holy and will stand in awe of the God of Israel.
The wisdom of this world shrugs her shoulders at the words of the prophet Isaiah, but all who let their hearts fulfil by God’s wisdom, hope for that Great Day!
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