July 16 – Blessed by the God of Truth

Isaiah’s prophecies are coming to an end, and as in earlier chapters in God’s Story, we see that His desire for redemption continues.  Listen to the hope that Isaiah recorded as the Lord spoke:  “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and they say, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it,’ so I will do for my servants’ sake, and not destroy them all… So that he who blesses himself in the land shall bless himself by the God of truth, and he who takes an oath in the land shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten and are hidden from my eyes… They shall not labor in vain or bear children for calamity, for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the LORD, and their descendants with them.” 

Those of us who are the Lord’s servants are the descendants of the Lord’s blessings.  We’re blessed because the people who came before us were blessed.  We are blessed to be a blessing.  And the blessings don’t stop!  There is no reason to fill our days mindlessly doing busy work when we can actively live and move and work in the God of truth. Jesus tells us to know the truth for the truth will set us free.  Real freedom comes only through Him.

Please continue to pray for the young women in the Thai juvenile detention center.  Great freedom has been given to teach God’s good news to them and hearts are changing.  Some of the girls have begun a probation period and are starting fresh lives as nannies at an orphanage run by Christians.  As these young ladies embrace God’s forgiveness and see how their lives can be different, may they forget their former troubles and thrive in the blessings of the Lord of second chances.

Isaiah 65:8, 16, 23 ESV