7 December 2020 – Isaiah 40:4-5 (NIV)

Scripture

4 Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
5 And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Reflection

Pastor Dale’s sermon last week reminded us that when all is said and done there will be two Advents. In this season, we celebrate Jesus’ first coming (his Advent) but we also look forward to when he will come again (a second Advent). This passage in Isaiah poetically details what this second advent will look and feel like. “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain made low” poetically proclaiming that in this new kingdom of God there will be no more divisions created by humanly schemes, desires and motivation. “The rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain” declaring total peace and the end of suffering! “And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all people will see it together” that it will be evident and no man can deny the existence of God any longer. “For the mouth of the Lord has spoken” meaning as true as God kept His word that the Savior would come the first time, this proclamation will too come to pass.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Invite the Holy Spirit to be present as you spend a moment in silence; Give thanks for one thing that you’re grateful for right now, and use it to reflect on the goodness of God; Bring to God one thing that’s on your mind right now, and lift it before Him; Devote the remainder of your day to Jesus.

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Josh Xiong - Worship Director
Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.