1 In that day you will say:
“I will praise you, O LORD.
Although you were angry with me,
your anger has turned away
and you have comforted me.
2 Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.”
3 With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
4 In that day you will say:
“Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name;
make known among the nations what he has done,
and proclaim that his name is exalted.
5 Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.”
Isaiah 12:1-6 (NIV)
These 5 chapters taken together in context are an interesting contrast. In Chapters 10, 13, and 14, the wrath of God is graphically portrayed over and over with those He is angry with. Then, in the middle of that, the prophesying of Jesus and the tranquility of his reign abound in Chapters 11 and 12. Chapter 12 in it’s entirety is pasted above.
I often think of how I absolutely ignored God’s calling to accept His son for so many years, and often wonder where I would be if I was still wandering around in the wilderness of this world, alone, and without Jesus. The anger described in these passages would be aimed at me as well. I shudder at the thought of this.
I look at passages like these, along with Revelation, and realize how scary this world is going to be one day before Jesus restores His kingdom. The Earth will be a horrible place. It makes me want to make sure that I heed Isaiah 12:5 and make Jesus known to the part of the world that I can touch and have influence over. I want to make sure that all of the ones I love know the love of Jesus and have the opportunity to go to heaven.
Lord God, thank you for rescuing me from this world that doesn’t know you or love you. One day, you will wipe the slate clean and get rid of all of those who reject you. I am so glad that I am not one of them. I am so glad I heeded your call nearly 10 years ago. Lord, let me shout and sing your praises and make You known wherever you need me to. I love you, and it is your holy Son’s name I pray, Amen.