Be Thankful for Deliverance

Daily God Walk for Thursday, November 10, 2011

 Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.” – Isaiah 48:20

 Isaiah not only predicted that Babylon would invade the Jews and take them into captivity but he also predicted the one who would in turn invade Babylon and even names the king (Cyrus) who would end their exile and free them to go back to their homeland.

An interesting thing happened when the people were freed to leave Babylon; many of them chose not to leave. While in exile many of the Jews established new lives, intermarried and put down roots in Babylon. Their freedom came and they chose to use their freedom to stay there.

In our passage today Isaiah gives a mild rebuke coupled with a great promise. He is saying that it is time to flee Babylon; it is time to get back home and take care of business there.

I am reminded of many who have become believers today but they aren’t anxious to leave their Babylon. They don’t see Christianity as embracing an entirely new lifestyle, they just see it as adopting a new philosophy of religion. These folks are quite comfortable with their lifestyle and would just as soon not be disturbed.

But there is another group of Jews in Babylon who are ready to go home. Psalm 132 reads, “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps” (v1-2). They could no longer sing the songs of Zion for their hearts longed for home. These are the ones who would return when the cry rang out, “Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians.”

There will always be those who are more comfortable with this world system and its pleasures. Those are the ones who will choose the comfort of Babylon over the labor of restoring what the enemy has destroyed.  There will also be those who can no longer stand for the ways of the world and who must flee to the hope held in the promises of God.

Are you ready to announce to the world with shouts of joy and proclaim it? Are you ready to send out to the ends of the earth the message, “The Lord has redeemed me”? It is time to leave Babylon (this world system) and declare the righteousness of God.

 Prayer: Help me to leave Babylon rejoice in your deliverance. Amen.

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