RETURN! COME BACK!
Today’s Reading: Isaiah 20-22
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Key Verses: Isaiah 21:11b-12
…”Watchman, what of the night?
Watchman, what of the night?”
The watchman said,
“The morning comes, and also the night.
If you will inquire, inquire;
Return! Come back!”
In Chapter 20, Isaiah, naked while he preaches his message, will surely guarantee that he gets attention! (wearing a small loin cloth was also considered being naked). It’s often not enough to merely speak our message. Our words are useless unless people stop and listen. The upcoming New Year is not on Isaiah’s WATCH! It’s on our “WATCH!”
In Chapter 21 our key verses sum up the message to which Isaiah wants people to pay attention: “INQUIRE”…”RETURN”…”COME BACK!” Let us diligently watch for the moment of a turn-around decision in people’s lives. Let us keep a sharp eye out for that time when our family members and others with whom we come into contact are ready to inquire, return, and come back to God! We must not miss those opportunities; they may come only once!
In Chapter 22 Jerusalem is the focus. The Tyropean Valley is in the very heart of the city between Mount Zion and Mount Moriah. Today, it is filled with the rubble from the destructions caused by numerous invading armies. This filled-up valley is paved over now and forms the area in front of the famous Wailing Wall, where Jews pray fervently for the restoration of the Temple of God and for His coming Kingdom. It may have been in this valley that Isaiah received his visions of the future.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray that I may be wide awake, watching carefully so as not to miss the moment of decision in precious lives. At that precise instant, may I get attention not for myself but to call for a decision for Christ! I pray for wisdom, because You said, “He [or she] who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30). I pray this in the Name of the One Who never missed an opportunity to call people to “inquire, return, and come back” to God, the Lord Jesus, Himself! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
It was in Pembroke that I first gave the message of Jesus on TV (1962). There was only one TV signal people could receive and Crossroads was there at 11:30 Saturday nights. People paid attention and some inquired, turned to Jesus and were saved. Just prior to this, Syd Healey, a Pembroke businessman, had pushed a cheque for $300.00 across his desk to pay for the start-up of the Crossroads TV ministry. He surely got my attention! I knew for sure that God wanted to use television for His message to all people. I’m very thankful that God did not ask me to do what He asked Isaiah to do in order to draw attention to the message!!!
Yours for making sure we have people’s attention and then for driving home the message of Jesus!!!
P.S. Billions of precious people are watching television, their computer screens, laptops, iPads, smart phones, etc. Crossroads is all over the world in effective attention-getting ways. It’s our “WATCH!” Please pray fervently for God’s direction for the leadership team of Crossroads.
Your father was an incredible man to listen to God’s calling and step out in faith to start the television programing of Crossroads. Thanks to Syd Healey for that first $300 pay cheque to get things rolling. Look where it has taken God’s Word! Thank You, Lord, for being with us, constantly. We are nothing without You but everything with You. All to Your glory! Wishing all saints a blessed day in the Lord.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:5-6 ESV
We Need To Hear From You – Andrae Crouch
Yes, Amen Beverlee..Praise God for people like David and Syd Healey who are obedient to the Lord’s call!!
A word of direction.
Amen Beverlee and Carol.
“Watchman, what of the night?” Like Isaiah, we are to be concerned about other nations like David said. God bless you saints!
How have you been feeling, Lianne?
oops spelled your name wrong sorry Beverlee
Wishing you all a blessed and a happy new year.. Rosemarie…
I am one of so many who daily thank God for David Mainse… one who was so totally, fervently devoted to the Master. He was… still is… such an inspiration. And his family carry on in ministry. Thank You, Lord!
I chuckled at David’s comment that he was glad he didn’t have to go naked like Isaiah did to get peoples’ attention ! 🙂
Yes, me too Ruth:)
May the God of all comfort comfort all who struggle over the holiday season of Christmas & New Years. May God put people in your lives that will be an encouragement to you and to all of us.
Many blessings to Norma-Jean and family.
Psalm 20:1-5 NIV – A great prayer as we enter a new year.
Happy New Years everyone!
….now special request to the administrators of 100words…………..help…. I have not receive the daily blog since December 19. Can someone fix this?
Yes, Many blessings to Norma-Jean and family, as they enter this New Year!!
What a vivid picture of the Night Watchman, complimenting today’s scriptures!