Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. (Isaiah 11:5)
Binoculars allow us to see people and objects at a distance with great clarity, as if they are close up. The prophet Isaiah was looking through a set of “believers’ binoculars” when he penned his prophetic work. Many theologians call the book of Isaiah the “Fifth Gospel” because of the remarkable clarity with which it describes our Lord Jesus Christ, in spite of the fact that Isaiah wrote his book 700 years before Jesus took on flesh and dwelt among us.
Jesus was centuries away, yet Isaiah saw him clearly. His prophecy points toward the Lord’s —
- Second Coming
And if that is not enough to light the fire of your faith and inspire you to read Isaiah over and over again, Isaiah’s prophecy also foretold the ministry of our Lord Jesus and the manner in which He would carry it out.
Today I want to encourage you with the truth that faithfulness is the sash around our Lord’s waist. This means that Jesus is faithful in every way. He can be trusted for everything. Never forget that it is His faithfulness to us, not our faithfulness to Him, that keeps us in relationship with Him. When we are unfaithful — and that happens far more often than we would care to admit — He is always faithful to us.
The entire Bible serves as binoculars for believers. The more time we spend meditating on and marinating in the Word of God, the more clearly we see just how faithful our Lord is to us and how much he loves us. And it is the faithfulness of our Lord that will sustain us all the way into glory. It is His faithfulness that secures our eternal future with Him.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!