You’ll Never Believe It

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Isaiah 60:1–9

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. (v. 1)

The words of this prophecy were almost too good to believe. To think that peoples in far-off Europe, Asia, and Africa would come to Israel for light, that the brightness of her rising would attract kings and rulers—this sounded incredible. Today we take it for granted, but think of how it must have sounded in those days.

At the time of Isaiah’s prophecy the Jews were one of the least significant peoples. Caught between the giants of Assyria on the north and Egypt on the south, they had little indepen-dence. In addition, because of their failure to obey the covenant, Isaiah had predicted their captivity at the hands of Babylon. To those who first heard the words of this chapter their fulfillment must have sounded impossible.

But here we are, kneeling before Israel’s God, rejoicing in her Messiah, sharing in the hope of her kingdom. In the words of Paul in Galatians, we have become “the Israel of God” (Gal. 6:16). It sounded unbelievable, yet it happened. And God can make the unbelievable happen in our lives, and in the lives of our churches too. (originally published June 16, 1967)

PRAYER

Thank you, God, for the gift of sight, both physical and spiritual. I pray today for the ministry of the printed page, that those who write may do it well, and that those who read may find Christ.