A Call to Courage
(Isaiah 10 – 12)
A Little Child Shall Lead Them
By Paul Hardy
Today’s readings in the Old Testament prophetic book of Isaiah deal with divine discipline, revealed in confrontation and captivity. For a time, the Lord allowed the hostile Assyrians to overrun His people, as they turned their backs upon His power and protection.
Nevertheless, God preserved a faithful remnant in His love and grace. From this gathering would come the beloved Savior. The Lord of hosts would send His Son as Messiah, placing Him within the royal lineage of David. Through Jesus, the Prince of Peace, we find redemption and rest. And we look forward to His coming Kingdom, when conflict shall cease.
Knowing we belong to Him, will we not stand firm in His favor? Can we not call upon the Creator for courage? Will we not echo the prayer of praise, which Isaiah penned?
Let’s pray Scripturally, employing the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah (see Isaiah 12).
Will you pray with me?
“In that day you will say:
‘I will praise you, O Lord.
Although You were angry with me,
Your anger has turned away
and You have comforted me.
2 Surely God is my salvation;
I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song;
He has become my salvation.’
3 With joy you will draw water
from the wells of salvation.
4 In that day you will say:
‘Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name;
make known among the nations what He has done,
and proclaim that His Name is exalted.
5 Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things;
let this be known to all the world.
6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion,
for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.’"