We are moving to a point in the text where God is affirming and committing to blessings being poured out on the righteous that remain. God fist lays out the hypocrisy of their worship and the fact of their sin. Next he states that they will repent (the remnant) and acknowledge that their troubles have come from their own sin. God then tells about his coming forgiveness and deliverance. The final movement in the text we read today was regarding the appearance of God’s glory. Did you catch the foreshadowing of the Magi in 60:6?
I need to be a person who is committed to God no matter what. My sin always removes God’s blessing and it’s not because God takes it away, it’s because I replace the blessing with the consequences of sin. If I sin by overeating and filling my life with food instead of turning to God in my troubles, I will reap the rewards of that action; high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, joint issues, lack of energy, depression and an overall poor life. God didn’t remove the blessing…I replaced it!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.