Our daily devotional for today talks about how peace is promised for the children.
Scripture for today:
All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace. In righteousness you will be established: tyranny will be far from you; you will have nothing to fear. – Isaiah 54:13-14
Isaiah is prophesying of a time when the people of God would be returning from their years of captivity with promises of restored glory. Comparing the prophecies which pertain to Israel being restored and the reality of what actually happened upon their return from Babylon there seems to be something missing.
There were prophecies of restored glory that seem better than what was lost, yet history does not record a time of lasting peace for the Jews, neither does it record a time of unrivaled prosperity. If that is true, then what do the prophecies in this chapter of Isaiah and in other places really mean?
Many see a people of God emerging from these prophecies that includes the Jews but is much broader in scope than just the Jews. Some see a new nation of Israel emerging, not one born of woman but a nation born of the Spirit of God. Paul refers to this nation in Galatians when he writes, “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” (Galatians 3:29).
It is to this expanded vision of God’s chosen ones that Isaiah is referring. There has come a time when our sons and daughters are taught the ways of God by the Lord himself through the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Great peace has come to our children because they have been born by the Spirit into a spiritual nation whose God truly is the Lord.
Just a few months ago my son in law became suddenly sick and passed out. When he came to my granddaughter, just seven years old, was standing over him with her hand on his forehead praying for him. That is a fulfillment of the promise, “Great will be your children’s peace.” We are in that day now.
Prayer: Lord, You said to bring the children to you. You also said that we must become as little children. Grant me the faith of a child. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: We are the children of God and great peace has come to us because we have been born by the Spirit into a spiritual nation whose God truly is the Lord.
Affirmation: I have been born of the Spirit into a spiritual nation and Jesus, the Christ, my Lord, has given me great peace.
Reflection: Isaiah was making a prophecy concerning national Israel, but some think it has a much broader application. Can you explain that?
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