Serving Instead of Consuming

“You have heard it. Observe it all. Will you not acknowledge it? From now on I will announce new things to you, hidden things that you have not known” (Isaiah 48.6).

There are many things God revealed to Israel about the future in Isaiah. Some concerned the exile to Babylon. Others referred to Cyrus and Israel’s return. Still others referred to the coming of Messiah, the One who would come as the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world. Finally, God reveals things about the second coming of Christ as the King of the world. These revelations point up God’s faithfulness and control over the events and people of history. 

Where do I belong in the grand scheme of things? What is it that God wants me to do? If I cannot answer these questions, then I cannot do God’s will. If I say that I belong to Him and yet I do not do the things He commands, I am a hypocrite. Still worse, a failure to obey God’s will leads to struggle and anxiety about a future He has made certain for me. 

God has a future for me. It is a new and exciting future where I reign with Jesus. I must now allow myself to be bogged down with a pseudo-security in this present darkness. Comfort and prosperity are enemies in this way. I am here to serve not consume. I am here to engage not retreat.

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