“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back.” Isaiah 54:2
Israel struggled to survive. Her territory was shrinking. First, a divided kingdom. Then enemy attacks from outside. Gone the glory days of David and Solomon. In this pessimistic setting Isaiah cries out the word of the Lord, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your curtains wide, do not hold back.” The Messianic kingdom is coming. Many will be added to the people of God. Even though current conditions look bleak, do not be afraid. Reach out. God cares.
Today’s church often seems outnumbered by her enemies. Christians fight each other. Christian morality appears to lose ground in every generation. We may spend time remembering sadly the glory days of our church in our town. But God says also to us through Isaiah, “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back.” Jesus Christ has come. He has paid the price for the world’s sin. The Holy Spirit works powerfully in the church through Word and sacraments. Don’t be afraid. Reach out. Believe God’s promise of a mighty church with believers daily being added.
Open the doors. Give generously. Tell others of Jesus’ love. Prepare your tent for more people. Think worldwide in your vision. God cares. God brings in the harvest of souls. He strengthens us for the great task. Enlarge your tent!
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord Jesus, for coming into the world. Give me the wisdom and courage to tell others of Your love. Amen.
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