July 7 – Align to the Lord and to His Blessings

The most evangelistic prophet of all times was perhaps the prophet Isaiah. Used by God for over forty years, Isaiah spoke truthfully about the sins of the people Judah, and the severe punishment that will follow those choices.  He offered hope that people would realize they can change and return to the Lord.  Isaiah lived during the times of many kings and he witnessed first-hand the need that all have for a Savior.  After nineteen chapters of warnings, Isaiah talks of a day of blessing.  In that day Israel will be the third with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel my inheritance.”  This is an interesting alliance but we will find that true peace comes only when we are aligned to the Lord.

I love how in the minority area of China, where we lived, there was a man who became like the prophet Isaiah.  This “Tai Isaiah” knew there needed to be more than idols and he was thrilled to learn about God’s plan for abundant life through Jesus.  But why had the Christians in the area neglected to share this good news with his tribe?  The answer is much like how it was in the time of Isaiah: God’s people had turned inward and they did not offer His blessings to others so more could be blessed.  Russell and the Tai Isaiah pressed on, reaching out to others who had never heard God’s Story and challenging those who knew God to share His goodness.  As more people align to God, His hope and peace can change hearts and nations.

Isaiah 19:24-25 ESV