19th July: Isaiah 49:1-13

God is calling us to listen to Him, and to pay attention to what He says to us (Isaiah 49:1). He's calling us to be His torches. We're to shine for Him - "I will also make you a light to the nations" (Isaiah 49:6).
What kind of light are we to be? We're to be His light. We don't make ourselves a light to the nations. It's the Lord who makes us a light to the nations.
God's light is the light of His "salvation." We're "to be His salvation to the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 49:6).
What does God say to us bout His salvation? - "This is what the Lord says, I will answer you in a time of favour, and I will help you in the day of salvation" (Isaiah 49:8). "Now is the day of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2).
Today, God speaks to us of His Son. Today, God speaks to us of our Saviour. Today and every day  - God has something new to say to us about our Saviour.
His great message of love is not to be kept to ourselves. We're to bring the light of His love "to those who are in darkness" (Isaiah 49:9).
We're to pray for the restoration of our land - God says, "I will answer you, and I will appoint you ... " (Isaiah 49:8).
This Word from the Lord gives us the encouragement that we need to work for the Lord.
"These will come from far away" (Isaiah 49:12) - "their compassionate One will guide them, and lead them to springs of water" (Isaiah 49:10).

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