A Verse for My Life
Sixteen years ago, a man I didn’t know came up to me and told me that Isaiah 55:5 would be a verse for my life. As a young man, this declaration encouraged me and stirred up a desire for this to be true. This is what the verse says:
“Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
I love the whole chapter of Isaiah 55. It is a call for all people to come to the Lord and receive what they need. God wants to meet your felt needs and all of our needs are somehow miraculously satisfied in Jesus.
It is miraculous, but as it continues, God’s ways are higher than ours. He doesn’t think like us. The implication is that as we think like Him, we would eat of the richest of fares. We will go out in joy and be led forth in peace.
Verse 5 obviously is prophetically speaking of Jesus, as is the rest of the chapter. Could I accurately assume that God also wanted to give this verse to me? I believed it to be true.
Over the years I would have a natural draw to people of other cultures and nations. Whether this was an overflow of believing this verse to be true or because it was who God said I was, it was hard to say. That is until recently.
Nations You Know Not Will Run to You
Over the last couple years, I started to notice a trend. Groups I would be leading would be consisted of people of other cultures. One time I had over 10 nations represented in a men’s group. Most comments on this blog are from people from other nations. Just the last month, over 150 nations came to the site.
This is not to boost me up. I risk looking prideful for another reason totally. If I believe this verse is responsible for this trend, then the reason these nations come is because God has endowed me with splendor.
God Has Endowed You With Splendor
I am willing to risk looking prideful to encourage you to believe that God wants to endow you with splendor. God is willing to make you look great, so people will take notice that you have been with Him. This will be for the Lord’s renown.
God is a good father. He loves you with an everlasting love. He knows how to give good gifts. This may not look like what we think it should because His ways are higher than ours, but we too quickly give up on the good things thinking God wants to humble us. Let’s start believing that He wants to endow us with splendor to attract the nations, so that God can create in us an everlasting sign of His renown.
You are an amazing piece of God’s creation. You are an agent of reconciliation bringing everything back into alignment of God’s order. You are important, and God wants to show the world how amazing you are.
I want to challenge you to try God at this. Take a sheet of paper and ask Him what He thinks of you. What is the gift you bring to the world? Try this out and let me know how it goes in the comments below. This exercise could change your life. 🙂
Kevin Shorter is the founder of this prayer-coach site and have served for several years in ministry and churches teaching on a variety of Biblical topics. Go to the contact page to request him to speak at your conferences and seminars.