Instead of wood I will bring you bronze, and iron in place of stones.
I will make peace your governor and well-being your ruler.”
Isaiah 60:17 NIV
A couple of days ago (the first day of 2016), I highlighted this scripture while reading the book of Isaiah. And since then I couldn’t stop thinking and reflecting about it.
I’m certain that it’s everyone’s prayer this new year to be blessed and abundant. Who wouldn’t want to be? With all the chaos that overclouds the world today, there’s nothing better to have than God’s favour on your side.
During our church visit on New Year’s Eve, I couldn’t count the number of times when I asked for Jesus’ blood to cover every area of my life, including all of my loved ones. I did this because His blood is the most potent protection that one could ever be covered on. And because His blood is the atoning sacrifice that exchanges our sinfulness with His heavenly abundance.
The next day however, after reading Isaiah 60:17, God revealed to me that His blessing goes beyond giving us what we ask for. He spoke to me about not just going from “strength to strength” but also from “strength to GREATER strength”. So while the world requires us to have a constant supply of bronze in order to survive, God promises us gold in order to thrive in His glorious abundance.
Therefore this year, my prayer is that God will extend His mighty arms of grace upon our lives (and upon all of our loved ones) and bless us exceedingly beyond what we ask for and imagine.
Because not only does He give us a crown of glory instead of ashes (Isa 61:3), He also turns our bronze into gold by magnifying our blessings to a point where our reaction suddenly becomes one of endless praises and worship.
An abundantly blessed New Year to all!