The Lord Be With You Today!
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
(The Lord is speaking to His beloved, to Israel, to Jerusalem,
a people and a place reduced to barrenness
because of the disobedience of God's people.
Now, He is telling this land, this people, that they will be so fertile
and produce so many offspring that they will be unable to hold them all
unless they widen and expand their tent.
As the ages have revealed, Isaiah's prophecy about the Messiah
and Israel's place in God's plan has unveiled the multitudes of Gentile offspring
that the Lord has brought into His Family.
You and I as adopted sons and daughters of God,
as branches grafted into the Vine, are now a part of God's great plan
that He first revealed to His chosen people Israel
and into which He continues to lead them and us together.
At an even more personal and individual level,
this promise also directs us to widen our own tent
because the Lord is assuring us that He Himself
will bring us into such victory and productivity
that we could never have imagined
in the barren and seemingly hopeless situations we may be facing today.
But, in Him, we overcome through our hope in Him and His great love for us.)
your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities."
(Where once Israel had been small and ineffective, defeated and oppressed,
she will now invade and inhabit the very strongholds of her enemies.
Where once we have been beaten and defeated,
the Lord tells us today that we will remove the enemy
from his entrenched position in our lives
and that we will conquer and possess the "land"
where we have been oppressed,
taking what had once seemed weakness in our lives
and using it to take us into a new place of victory in Him.)
May the Lord richly bless you this day!
In Christ's love,
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