“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you” (Isaiah 60:1).
As difficult as exile had been for God’s people, the return to Jerusalem and the effort to rebuild proved to be no less despairing. Their posture is one of defeat and hopelessness. The voice of God’s prophet is a call to stand up; get on your feet; assume a position that reflects trust in God’s provision and confidence in the future he has in store. Our mother’s were on to something…standing up straight really does make a difference. It communicates confidence and preparedness for whatever comes our way.