The Lord Be With You Today!
This is what the Lord says:
“The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush,
and those tall Sabeans—they will come over to you and will be yours;
they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains.
(The Lord is marshalling His forces under Cyrus
whom He has chosen to set His people free from Babylonian captivity
and to set Jerusalem free from foreign occupation.
His promise is that the surrounding peoples will see this mighty work of God
and, like Cyrus himself, will come to bow down
in recognition of God and His work.
The Lord will cause the wealth of what was produced in Egypt and Ethiopia
to lay at the feet of Cyrus and of Jerusalem that Cyrus has set free.
Even the imposing Yemenis, the Sabeans, will submit and offer themselves
to the conquering king and to the service of the Holy city of God.)
They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying,
‘Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god.’”
(The people of the surrounding nations, of their own accord,
will see that God has wrought a great work for Jerusalem through Cyrus,
and, because of what they have seen with their own eyes,
they have to acknowledge that God is God.
The Lord shows us two promises through this declaration.
As those around us see God at work in our lives,
they will yield to us and offer their blessings to us.
They will favor us as they see God
bringing about deliverance and victory in our lives.
Secondly, as they see God at work in our lives,
as others see us walking out God’s purposes in our lives,
what they see will force them to acknowledge that God is God.
Today, we are favored by the Lord,
and He causes others to show favor to us, as well.
Today, we are pictures to those around us of God’s mighty power in our lives,
and that causes them to seek relationship with the Living God.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ’s love,
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