1 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises
upon you.2 See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the
peoples,but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your
dawn.4 “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 hip.
5 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.6 Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels
of Midian and Ephah.And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the LORD.7 All Kedar’s flocks will be
gathered to you, the rams of Nebaioth will serve you;they will be accepted
as offerings on my altar, and I will adorn my glorious temple.8 “Who
are these that fly along like clouds, like doves to their nests?9 Surely the
islands look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish,bringing your children
from afar, with their silver and gold,to the honor of the LORD your
God, the Holy One of Israel,for he has endowed you with splendor.
1. Silence – Read/Listen – Meditate – Pray – Contemplate
2. What is the word or phrase that touches you today as you read and
meditate on this passage?
3. This is a glorious promise that the captives, though in exile, will
return and rebuild Jerusalem. Nations will bring gifts, Jerusalem
will be prosperous and full of glory. We, too, look forward to a time
when “the Lord will be your glory. Your sun will never set again,
and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting
light and your days of sorrow will end”(vv19-20).
4. What is your emotion as you read this word or phrase regarding
your glorious future? How is that related to your current situation?
What does God tell you to do?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.