Setting You Up as a Light for the Nations

David woke me to tell me he was leaving for work. “You can go back to sleep,” he said.

“No, I can’t.”

I woke up at 3:15 am and it took a long time to get back to sleep. I feel like God wakes me for a reason. I always pray and sometimes get up to read or write. David encourages me to sleep in after one of those nights.

Isaiah 40:4, 5, “The Master, God, has given me a well-taught tongue, so I know how to encourage a tired people. He wakes me up in the morning, wakes me up, opens my ears to listen as one ready to take orders. (5) The Master, God, opened my ears, and I didn’t go back to sleep, didn’t pull the covers back over my head.” The Message

Although tempted, I didn’t pull the covers back over my head. I got up and started my work. My goal is to encourage you, my faithful readers. I share the encouragement I find in the Bible each day.

Isaiah 50:10, “…for anyone out there who doesn’t know where you’re going, anyone groping in the dark, here’s what: Trust in God. Lean on God.” The Message

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Isaiah 49:23, “…No one who hopes in me [God] ever regrets it.” The Message

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“A servant of the Lord is one who voluntarily serves God…” Chronological Study Bible Notes

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Isaiah 49:6, “He says, ‘But that’s not a big enough job for my servant…I’m setting you up as a light for the nations so that my salvation becomes global!’ ” The Message

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“…documentary, To Life…how the tiny state of Israel makes a huge impact around the world…Israel Defense Forces use medical expertise gained on the battlefield to rescue dying victims of natural disasters. …Why are Israelis doing this? …the rabbinical teachings of the Mishnah, says that to save one life is as if you’re saving the entire world. …when we ask why these volunteers leave their comfortable homes to do grueling work in horrific situations, they say, ‘We’re Israeli. It’s who we are. We’re called to be a light to the nations.’ This is based on Isaiah 49:6.”

“A Light to the Nations” by Gordon Robertson

“Frontlines” May 2018

Rise and shine!

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