Today’s Reading: Isaiah 49-52
Today’s Reflection: Isaiah 51:1-3
1) “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the LORD: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2) Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. 3) For the LORD comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.
As you move forward in your walk with God, look back to where it all began.
God makes this invitation to those seeking after Him and His righteousness. If you want to understand what God is doing in your life and why, look back to the beginnings of your faith. Isaiah pointed back to Abraham, the father of faith, and to Eden, where mankind walked in perfect harmony with God. God desires to make your life a blessing to you and to others as He did with Abraham, and God desires to make your dwelling as fertile as when creation was young.
When sin entered the world many of the promises and blessings God intended for mankind were lost to the curse of sin, but not forever. When Jesus returns and puts an end to sin for once and for all, all of the promises and blessings of Eden will return.
Even now God desires to reverse the effects of the curse on your life—to make your waste places and wilderness into places of blessing and give you a reason for joy and gladness and thanksgiving. Part of the privilege of following God is living in the present reality of His Kingdom—walking as though the perfection of the future He promises is real right now. This is the beginning of restoring the dominion God originally gave to Adam and Eve to those who have inherited the kingdom through Jesus Christ.
Luke 17:20-21 – 20) Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21) nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”