Chapter-a-Day Isaiah 19

Chuck Colson On that Day, there will be a highway all the way from Egypt to Assyria: Assyrians will have free range in Egypt and Egyptians in Assyria. No longer rivals, they'll worship together, Egyptians and Assyrians! Isaiah 19:23 (MSG)

Charles Colson is well known in Christian circles for his teaching, his writing, and his ministry through Prison Fellowship. As the years go by, fewer and fewer people remember his incredible story. His life journey led to a pinnacle position among the conservative republicans and the political elite of the Nixon administration. Then came a rapid, deep descent he did not foresee. Colson was the first person convicted in the Watergate scandal that led to Nixon's resignation. Alone, broken, sitting in prison, Colson entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ and struck out on the path of redemption which would forever change his life and the lives of countless others.

What is often forgotten in Colson's story is the name of the person who visited him in prison and shared God's Message with him. It was not one of his political cronies. They all fled when he was convicted. His friends had also abandoned him in fear that they might be soiled by the Watergate scandal. The man who reached out to Colson was his political enemy. Harold Hughes was a liberal democrat, former governor of Iowa, and recovering alcoholic. Hughes visited Colson in prison, shared God's love with the pariah, and introduced Colson to Jesus.

Several years ago I had the opportunity to see Colson and Hughes reunited and hear them speak together. They were as opposite as opposites could be. Hughes the long-haired, liberal hippie and Colson the horn-rimmed, straight-laced conservative. I imagine that there was a lot on which the two disagreed. I was touched by watching the two of them together sharing their agreement on the single-most important truth. They were a living example of what happens when we follow Jesus' command and love our enemies.

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One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Isaiah 19”

  1. I’ll knock the wind out of the Egyptians.
    They won’t know coming from going.
    It’s always interesting to me how a good crisis draws people back to God/religion. This week the focus is on Tiger. “I’m meditating again” he says, “getting back to my roots”. God gets into the news, but it is usually as a result of something bad happening somewhere. This chapter shows that God plans it this way. Why does He do that? He knows that human nature is to depend on self and each of us go through that at times. God gives us just enough rope that sometimes we hang ourselves. Yet as this chapter says…when you cry out to God, He helps. That’s the part that is most amazing. He never gives up on us…no matter how many times we give up on Him. Thank you Jesus.

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