No Reason to Wait
Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 11-14; Hebrews 9
Today’s Key Passage – Isaiah 12
My wife and I are similar in many ways. One of these similarities is the way we both view holidays involving gifts. Whether it is a birthday, our anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or any other gift-giving holiday, we both have a hard time waiting to give our gifts. In fact, with the exception of Christmas mornings, I can count on one hand the number of times we have waited until the actual holiday to give our gifts to each other. The funny thing is that in each case, the gift giving is done early at the request of the one giving the gift, not the one receiving it. Once the gift is wrapped up, both of us are so excited to give the gift that we rationalize that there is no reason to wait.
In today’s reading, the prophet Isaiah talks about Christ’s eternal reign over the earth. In chapter 11, he talks about what life will be like when Jesus begins His reign. In our key passage, he talks about how people will react to His reign. He says that on that day, people will praise God because they will know that He is no longer angry with them because of their sins. (Vs. 1) They will know that God is their salvation and they will trust Him without fear. (Vs. 2) They will experience nothing but joy in that day because their salvation is secure. (Vs. 3) They will be so excited, that they will have no choice but to tell everyone what God has done for them. (Vs. 4) They will shout and sing songs of praise to the Lord. (Vss. 5-6) It sounds like a glorious day.
Here is the really good news. As great as that day will be, for those of us who are saved we have no reason to wait. If you have accepted Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, all of these things already apply to you. You can praise Him today because you know that He is no longer angry about any of your sins. You can trust Him without fear knowing that He is your salvation. You can experience nothing but joy today because your salvation is secure. In gratitude, you can shout and sing songs of praise to the Lord, and you can begin today telling everyone what God has done for you. There is no reason to wait until that day to celebrate and praise God. As you read today’s key passage, picture what life would be like if you lived every day as if it were that day, and understand that all of us can start this process right now.
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