"Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the Lord God, and his Spirit, hath sent me.
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.
O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:"
I love Isaiah. It's like Shakespeare, but better, with layers of meaning and extra flavor everywhere. :) This is a message to Israel, but it is also a message to each of us. God invites us to come near, he wants to get to know us. He tells us who he is, and how he can help. And he wants so much to bless us with peace and to see us standing tall and bright, as better people than we have been thus far. And he tells us how to gain that peace and to be those people as well. Today, let's go near to God and listen to what he has to say. He offers something that we want at our very core, and he can show us how to get it. What God has is more important than anything else, and will bring us more happiness and peace than we can imagine. Let's talk to him about it and find out how to get that kind of priceless, supernal happiness (and coolness) in our lives.