Daily Devotionals

December 25, 2018: A Look Ahead.

Isaiah 26:1 (NIV)
1  In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.


The phrase, “In that day” appears 43 times in Isaiah.  God gave to Isaiah the ability to see far off into the future and write of the days that are coming for God’s people who have trusted him when it was not convenient to do so.


It was not convenient for Mary to trust God to be the mother of the Messiah.  She had to put up with ridicule from outside and inside her own family.  She had the stigma of being an unrighteous woman and she was from the poor class on the wrong side of the tracks.


You can almost hear the comments as Mary would walk to town to buy food or to purchase needed essentials for her family.


I can hear the talk of the town right now.  Let’s listen in.


“Do you see that young woman over there, she got pregnant before Joseph married her and then she claims that she was a virgin. Right, like that has ever happened before.”


“I heard when she and her husband arrived in town no one even let them have a place to stay.  Someone finally offered them a cave behind their home.  I suppose she deserves no better than to sleep with the common farm animals, after all she could not even wait to get married to get pregnant.  She and her husband smell like they belong in the farm yard with the animals.”


“I heard that even welcomed some stinking shepherds to their humble farm yard.  I’m not sure that even God would welcome shepherds.  I guess if you are low life you just hang around those who are low life as well.”


Well guess what church?  God desires to hang out with those whom others have written off long ago.  This is good news for the likes of us, is it not?


I wonder what Mary thought when she read Isaiah 11, or Isaiah 35, or Isaiah 26, or Isaiah 54, 61, 62, 65.  I wonder what she thought when the angel disappeared after she heard she was to be with child.


Somehow Mary could see ahead and what she saw gave her incredible hope.  So shall it be for all those who look ahead in the promises of God and find that there is coming a day when things will not be the way they are now.  They will be as Isaiah wrote in Isaiah Chapters 11, 35, and 65.  And as John wrote in Revelation Chapters 21-22.


Go ahead and read about your future that is soon to be your reality.


See you tomorrow