Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

A Place of Refuge

Isaiah 3:3 - Isaiah 8:13

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And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion

and upon her assemblies,

a cloud and smoke by day,

and the shining of a flaming fire by night:

for upon all the glory shall be a defense.

And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat,

and for a place of refuge,

and for a covert from storm and from rain.

(Isaiah 4:5-6)

I cannot read these verses without seeing images in my mind.  As each image is visualized, the message from Isaiah becomes more clear...

And the Lord will create upon every home

and upon every congregation

Divine protection by day,

and the Presence of God by night:  for defense.

And there shall be a temple

for a place of refuge, for relief, for shelter,

from the storms of life, from the intensity, from the constant battle.

I read these verses, and I feel peace.

My testimony of the Lord is strengthened as I trust His promise to create protection, defense, and refuge.  I recognize the counsel within those verses, and I am reminded of the importance of preparing myself to be always worthy to visit the temple ––for it is there that I will find the refuge, the relief, and the shelter He has promised.  I see the prophecy of the promise of the Lord to offer Divine Protection in the Last Days, and I am grateful to live in the time that Isaiah is speaking of.  I feel the Spirit helping me to understand truthfulness of Isaiah's words through the imagery, through the beauty of the language, and through the footnotes at the bottom of the page.  Within those two verses I experience the greatness of the words of Isaiah.

There, in two verses, I recognize all five of the reasons I love Isaiah.

Do you see how easy it is to love this book?

To love this prophet.

To love these words...

Emily Freeman