Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Heart of Christmas: Our Beautiful Crown and Glorious Diadem


The "in that day" passages in Isaiah are often frightening in their visual imagery. Today, however, I stumbled across an end times prophecy that is simply beautiful.

"In that day the Lord of hosts will become a beautiful crown 
and a glorious diadem to the remnant of His people; 
A spirit of justice for him who sits in judgment, 
a strength to those who repel the onslaught at the gate." 
Isaiah 28:5-6 nasb

Pause for a moment and read those words aloud. 

If you've lived very long, you know that, even in the twenty-first century, times are often hard. Frightening. Overwhelming. Agonizing. 

Life is not always easy.

When the end times come, and they will, circumstances will be harder. More frightening. More overwhelming. More agonizing. 

But God...

God will still be God. He will still be on the throne. He will still care for His people. No matter what we face. No matter what disaster comes our way.

Isaiah tells us that God will not only be on His throne, He will be a crown for His people. It won't be just a golden circle. He will be a "diadem". A jeweled crown of great magnificence.

This Godly-crowning won't be for the select few "super-saints". This will be for all of His people. I don't know how this will look, but if the presence of God is going to crown us, I want it.

In addition, He will give a spirit of justice to the one who sits in judgment. The one who needs to make a decision will know the right thing to do. 

He'll give strength to the warrior. In the body of Christ, the intercessors are often the ones who get the first word about the enemy's onslaught. He won't just give strength to the ones who fight in the field (the preachers and missionaries), He'll give strength to the intercessors, too. 

For all the women who get up in the night and pray because they can't sleep, God has promised strength. (It doesn't say those words, but I know you're getting up to pray, and God does, too.) Men, he's promised strength to you, too. 

We may not feel like warriors, but, if we belong to Jesus, we are. Strength is promised and it's coming straight from God Himself. 

Take heart today, my brothers and sisters. No matter what comes your way, no matter how hard, our God is still in control, and He will provide all you need to make your way through.
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Perhaps you've seen God carry you through a dark time already. I've love to hear about it. Feel free to share your story of grace in the comments below.
In case you missed it, here's the link for yesterday's post: The Lavish Banque
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