DAY 11 OF 365 IN 2021
Isaiah 55:5 Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor."
In law, a summons is an official written notification, usually an order, for one to appear before a judge or magistrate to answer a charge or provide evidence. If one refuses to respond to a summons, you could be arrested and consequently charged with perverting the course of justice or contempt of court. There is a bit of legal jargon here, but the key is to note that ‘a summons is sent from an authority and warrants a response’.
There is an interesting use of summoning in the text from Isaiah: between the summoner and the nation summoned, there was no preexisting relationship. There was no legal or contractual obligation to respond however as we read “you will summon nations unknown to you, and those nations will respond speedily”. But wait, there is a caveat “because God has glorified you”.
That my dear, is an expression of favour right there: assistance that proceeds even from an unknown source. It is as though because you are of esteemed value to God, He had placed a charge on those nations to come running when you call
Sweetheart, I don’t know what you need to draw to yourself in this moment, or the assistance that must arrive at your doorstep at this time. However, I want to encourage you: you stand in a place with God where his glory rests upon you. Therefore, you are marked out and doors kept open for help to come your way once you call.
You may not know all the Nations of the world [have all the connections and resources required], but your God does. That is why nations will come running when you summon.