We all have times when we feel that we are stumbling around in the dark and question what is happening. Where is God and what on earth is he doing. When we can see no light at the end of the tunnel and despair…
This passage comes from the third section of Isaiah, and is addressed to those who are back in Jerusalem after being in exile in Babylon. While they were there, they were crushed and without any hope of getting home – believing God had abandoned them. Now they are back in Jerusalem, they need reassurance that God is going to fulfil his promises to them. That is what we have here:
Jerusalem Will Be Saved
62 Jerusalem, I will speak up
for your good.
I will never be silent
till you are safe and secure,
sparkling like a flame.
2 Your great victory will be seen
by every nation and king;
the Lord will even give you
a new name.
3 You will be a glorious crown,
a royal headband,
for the Lord your God.
4 Your name will no longer be
“Deserted and Childless,”
but “Happily Married.”
You will please the Lord;
will be his bride.
5 Your people will take the land,
just as a young man
takes a bride.
The Lord will be pleased
because of you,
just as a husband is pleased
with his bride.
How are you feeling today? Like you are in Exile? Like you are in a familiar place, but somehow everything has changed? Like you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? Do you need to hear that God is on your side and will keep his promises to you?
Then soak up these words of God to you today.
However bad things have been, however dark the way, however downtrodden you feel, God meets you with a new name, a new start, and a beautiful crown, because
God is pleased with you.
However it feels from external circumstances, that is true. God delights in you, he isn’t looking to see you destroyed, but honoured and loved.
Hear him today, say that to you again.
Thank you Lord,
for the depth of your love to me.
That when the dark tunnel seems unending,
when I feel alone,
– may I remember your promise to me.
Thank you that even in the darkness,
you are pleased with me,
call to me
and welcome me.
may I hear your word
comfort and help;
may I feel you reaching out to me,
allow you to wrap me in your arms,
and know your peace, hope and love