Did you know…
He Calls You Beloved
He Calls You Ransomed
He Calls You Child
He Calls You Redeemed
He Calls You Clay
He Calls You Sought Out
He Calls You Gathered
He aggressively pursues us. He picks us up from the dust and lifts each of our heads. He infiltrates our lives with restoration and gives salvation to every piece of brokenness He finds.
Turn to the final chapter of Isaiah’s writing. I think you’ll find that God’s concluding message in the Book of Isaiah is gives us wisdom for where to go from here. We are…
Gathered to Go.
Isaiah 66:18-23 –
“For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, 19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the Lord.
22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth
that I make
shall remain before me, says the Lord,
so shall your offspring and your name remain.
23 From new moon to new moon,
and from Sabbath to Sabbath,
all flesh shall come to worship before me,
declares the Lord.
The message is not just that God gathers us, but He gathers us to gather those around us. He reaches His arm out and sweeps up not just me and you, but all of those we love, our offspring, and our neighbors, and our communities by the simple act of allowing ourselves to be gathered.
The message of Isaiah from beginning to end is consistently –
People matter to God.
He will do anything to reach them. He will send us to the coastlands (v.19). He will have us go and fetch the brothers (v. 20). He’ll use planes, trains, automobiles, camels, sheep, mustard seeds, pastors, teachers, and any other person, place, or thing to get to His people (v. 20). Day by day, He is faithful. From workday to rest, He is available and ready and willing to meet with us and seek with us. He will not desert us now, dear sister. He will not desert us now.
We need to Go.
He uses any means necessary to get to us
and use any means necessary to get to Him – Bible study, worship, relationship, conversation
and use any means necessary to reach the world
let them know, let all flesh know what you know
loved, honored, encouraged, held, entrusted
worshiping, giving glory, lifting high, offering up the good, the hard, the daily.
I wonder what message of Isaiah would you like to discover more of the most- beloved, gathered, child, clay, redeemed? Which one do you need to hear more about in this season of your life? Which one says to you that you are priceless in Him and He has great big love for every soul walking on this earth?
The message that sticks out to me the most is this: I am loved.
God says it flat out in Isaiah 43:4 –
Because you are precious in my eyes,
and honored, and I love you…
And if I keep that to myself, I will be gathered, and He will continue to gather, but what woman out there needs to know? What woman has never heard that they are loved…with a love that never gives up, that never quits, and never lets go?
We need to Go.
I’d rather be a part of the gathering. Because when I look around me, it breaks my heart to know that even one woman, one young girl, one treasured child of God would cross my path without knowing the message that I know.
He Calls Me Loved.
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