I found several meaningful points buried in this verse from Isaiah.

“The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth.  Yes, LORD, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts.  My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.  When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.  Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the LORD.

“O LORD, your hand is lifted high, but they do not see it.  Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame; let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.”  Isaiah 26:7-11

Have you ever come awake in the middle of the night, with the fear that something, somewhere was not right?  A feeling that something suddenly happened to a loved one, or that someone was in pain or torment?  I get this feeling occasionally, and it is hard to describe the moment…an emotion that pervades the rest of the night.  I often turn to prayer during these times, and it brings comfort – knowing that God is still in control.  After I pray, I wonder what it would be like to NOT have the Lord to turn to in such times of need.  I think the rest of the night would be sleepless and tortured – much like the fire and torment that Isaiah describes at the end of this passage.  What would life be like without God?  There are so many who live in this scenario – and it motivates me at these times to make Him known to those who are living without.


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