Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

 'Awake, awake, Zion, clothe yourself with strength! Put on your garments of splendour.' Isaiah 52:1

The call to the Christian in these days is to awaken to the reality of the spiritual world.

In practical reality this means that we need to be about our Father's business rather than our own. We get so wrapped up in our own little world that we forget that the harvest is ripening and God's word needs preached.

The call 'awake, awake' comes to us not once but twice. We've not just to lift our sleepy head off the pillow and press the snooze button but to leap out of our warm, comfortable beds and clothe ourselves with the strength of the Lord.

What a glorious call is ours! What a privilege to hear Him speak to us knowing He wants us for His service.

But this whole process is not easy. We've got two major battles on our hands. One with the enemy of souls and the second with ourselves. It goes against the grain to serve our Lord. It costs us dearly and requires sacrificial living on our part. The next verse says:

'Shake off your dust ... Free yourself from the chains on your neck...' V2

We have to work at this. No one is saying it is easy but it's definitely worth it for the satisfaction it will bring you. Take heart and give yourself a good shake to get rid of all the dust that's settled on you. Break the chains/things that hold you back. Awaken and find God's strength to do His will and to live gloriously for Him.