Today's VerseAwake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion; Put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city! For the uncircumcised and the unclean Shall no longer come to you. — Isaiah 52:1 NKJV
DevotionYou were cast down to the dust. You were consigned to the ash heap. Once, you were someone that people had to reckon with. Once, you figured into their plans and purposes. Now, however, it's just the opposite. How things have changed! People who knew you from before are beginning to forget all about you. When your name does come up, it comes up as a cautionary tale of what can happen to someone who flies too high in their own mind, someone who forgets what it means to be a mere mortal. It's a sorry tale of pride going before the fall (Proverbs 16:18).
Like the uncircumcised and the unclean nations that came to Israel and trampled her into the dust and threw her onto the ash heap, your enemies overcame you. Nevertheless, there is hope for you. You may be down now, but you won't be down forever. The prophet Micah speaks for you: "Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, The Lord will be a light to me" (Micah 7:8). Since you're just as much a member of the people of God as Israel was back in the day, what he says applies to you as well—maybe even more. The dust and the ash heap will not be the last word about you (Psalm 113:7).
Indeed, it's already time to awaken and arise from your sorry state. It's time to put on your strength and be bold and courageous. The Lord is doing a new thing for you that will be better than anything you had before. Can't you see it coming? (Isaiah 43:19). Take off your garments of misery and mourning, therefore, and put on your beautiful garments of gladness and joy! The new thing will require everything you have to give to it. You must be strong and courageous. Success and prosperity demand nothing less!
If you see any mountains between where you are now and where you're meant to be, then say what Jesus said you should say: "Move from here to there." The mountain will move and nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20).