Read Isaiah 54.
If you find yourself needing some encouragement, Isaiah 54 is a wonderful place to look. This section of scripture is so packed with promises of God for his people; I can hardly contain my excitement as I think about how God will accomplish these in our lives.
One of the outcries of many women is the desire for family. Whether it is small or large family, made up of naturally birthed babes or adopted ones doesn’t manner. It is the community of family in which we long for connectedness. In verses one through three, Isaiah writes about having a large spiritual family and having to enlarge our tents as we expand from right to left. Our descendants will inherit nations and make desolate cities inhabited. When you think of family, do you remember to include your spiritual family?
We do not fear for we will not be ashamed or disgraced or put to shame. We can believe with confidence God will carry out what He said He would. We will forget the shame of our past. Knowing the past is forgiven gives us great joy. Our reproach of widowhood is remembered no more, for the Lord our Maker is our husband. We are the bride of Christ, He is our Holy husband. We are redeemed by the Holy One of Israel who is called the God of the whole earth. If anyone can erase past mistakes, it is the God of the whole earth. It is this all-powerful God who has called you to redemption.
Though we have to experience the pain caused by rebelling against our wonderful Maker, it will not last long. “With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment; but with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,” says the Lord, your Redeemer (verse 8). He will not be angry or rebuke us, “but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed says the Lord who has mercy on us” (verse 9-10). He has said it, therefore, this promise of everlasting kindness and covenant of peace will not be broken.
A heavenly dwelling place awaits us, believer, more beautiful than our minds can imagine. In this place, our children will be taught by the Lord Himself and great shall be the peace of your children (verse 13).
Established in Righteousness
Our righteousness comes from God (verse 17). We are shall be established in righteousness by His hand, so there’s nothing for us to boast about except the Lord’s work in us. We can not earn righteousness through doing good works. But once we are righteous we will see good works appear in our life. It all comes from Him and is not of our making.
In the remaining verses 14 through 17, we are told oppression will be far from us and terror will not come near us. Whoever assembles against us shall fall for our sake. Even though the Lord created the spoiler to destroy, no weapon formed against us shall prosper. Every word spoken against us in judgment will be condemned. God is in complete control. He has promised us victory in our life as we seek Him and rest in His righteousness.
Oh believer, may these verses bring comfort and renew your determination of pursuing God. He is good, He is just and He will not let us be ashamed. This is our heritage as God describes. Let’s rejoice in Him.
Lord God who made the heavens and the earth, thank you for your words of encouragement spoken to us this today. May we seek you with all our heart, mind, body and strength. Your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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