Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the LORD will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
and shall bring good news, the praises of the LORD.
All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,
and I will beautify my beautiful house.
by: Tabatha Pethtel.
Isaiah could see, beyond all the heartache and trouble, God’s vision for His people. God had not forsaken Israel. God is a faithful god and despite Israel’s sins and disobedience, He would bring them out of their darkness. Isaiah told them that God would make them a light that would attract others to the light. We, too, are called to be lights unto others. When we make our own covenant with God, He makes us a light that others will be attracted to as well. When we hide our light, there is only darkness. We are meant to shine the light of God through the darkness so others can see.