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TITLE: RETURN FROM CAPTIVITY

VERSE: The glory of the LORD rises to shine on you. Darkness as black as night covers all the nations of the earth, but the glory of the LORD rises and appears over you. All nations will come to your light; mighty kings will come to see your radiance. ISAIAH 60:1-3

You know how when you're reading a book, and you get to the end of a chapter, and it's like, "What happens next? I can't wait to find out!"

God has that kind of ending in store for us. He sees the end of our stories and knows how good they are. He wants us to be encouraged by glimpses of the last page, so we can keep going through all the formidable obstacles and grim plot twists along the way. When we’re in the middle of the story, with all its formidable obstacles and grim plot twists —you’ve probably noticed that all good stories have them, including yours —God encourages us with glimpses of the last page. He wants us to know that everything ends well.

When God gave the future exiles of Jerusalem a glorious picture of their return from captivity, He was also giving us a prophetic picture of His promises to us.

All nations will come to our light, and mighty kings will see our radiance. How is this possible? God shines on us. He speaks to us. He identifies us as His sons and daughters. As we see Him, listen to Him, draw close to Him, and bathe in His love, His favor on us becomes clear. We take on His nature. We become noticeable.

Not only do we reflect the glory of God one day in heaven but now while the world lies in darkness. We reflect His glory because He shines on us—and we are His children!

I was in chains, and when I got free, I looked for a place to hide. I wanted to be invisible. But God wasn't having it. He made me visible, even though I didn't want to be. And now people are coming to me for counsel, listening to my God-given ideas, and recognizing my wisdom—and they don't even know who they're talking to!

But it's not me they're seeing: it's Jesus. Jesus is the desire of all nations according to the prophets (Haggai 2:7), though the nations hardly admit their desire goes by that name. Yet when people see God in me, many will be drawn to His light. And I will be able to express His words to them.

LET'S PRAY....

Glory? Light? Radiance? These hardly seem to describe me, Lord. Yet if this is Your description of me —now or in the future —I want to grow into it daily. Let me hear —and reflect —Your glory.

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