LIFT UP YOUR EYES AND LOOK AROUND
Your Sons and Daughters Will Come From Afar
There are times in our lives when we seem to plumb the depths, when our experience is anything but happy or sparkling or exhilarating. In those times, it seems that God’s promises to us will never be fulfilled, that righteousness will not win the day. When those times come, it can be all too easy to start believing that we’re totally alone, that our efforts for the Lord have been forgotten, that we’ve never done anything lasting for him. Just when we feel that things can’t get any worse … they don’t! Suddenly, God comes to us with a promise like this one, a promise about fruitfulness. He reminds us that no matter how low we feel, he will make sure that our fruit remains.
Isaiah 60:4-5 ‘Lift up your eyes and look about you: All assemble and come to you; your sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm. Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.’ (NIV)
He says ‘lift up your eyes and look around! Now’s the time, lift your vision again, let me show you something…’ Over the horizon, we see our spiritual sons and daughters coming from afar. These are the people we’ve influenced and helped, those into whom we’ve poured our lives along life’s road. They haven’t forgotten us; the investment we made in them has not been wasted. No, they’re coming to us, with stories of God’s blessing and power in their lives. They’re returning home to share with us how much we mean to them. As they come, they’re bringing their wealth with them. They want to share with us the good fruit they’ve seen in their lives. They want to let us in on the blessing and the benefits. Our hearts can’t help but ‘swell with joy’. Always remember: nothing you’ve ever done for the Lord, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, will ever go unrewarded or unnoticed. You will see your sons coming from afar, and you will be radiant!