Today (8/14/12) is Isaiah 62.
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her salvation like a torch that is burning.
I picture the Lord saying that He will not be silent, that He will not give up on me, until I get to the point where He has begun the good work He began in me and righteousness and salvation are perfected. [Jesus, even when my heart is so distraught and not eager to learn, would You please continue to speak to me, to pour into me and not be silent? I want to learn more of You, Jesus!] He loves me enough to shout and call out and whisper and encourage me as He makes me more into the person He designed me to be. At coffee with a friend this morning, she mentioned how she loves that God never gives up on doing the things that are His absolute best for us; He never makes mistakes. (And I just met this girl this morning - what a treasure she is!) Another friend posted this quote on her blog this morning that was something Lila Trotman once said: "Pray that God will make you a woman of His, no matter the cost." [God, no matter what the cost, would You make me into a woman after Your own heart? That's who I want to become! If this situation right now is what You need to make me more like You, then I accept it.]
God speaks of Zion as being "a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God" (verse 3). [Lord, You treasure me this much? Wow!]
It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken,"
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate";
But you will be called, "My delight is in her,"
And your land, "Married";
For the Lord delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married. (verse 4)
So comforting. Thank You, Lord, for the encouragements!