Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54 has the prophet letting God’s children know that He is going to restore them.  The picture is painted of barrenness that carried shame and disgrace, but God assures His people that He will come and bring them to Himself.  “Fear not, for you will not be ashamed; be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced; for you will forget the shame of your youth, and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more”.  Just as God compared the disgrace of Israel to the shame of barrenness, now He compares their humiliation to the reproach of widowhood. Here, the Lord promises rescue from their shame.

God doesn’t leave His people.  “For your Maker is your husband, the Lord of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called”.  Forsaken by a husband, or forsaken of a husband, they have found beautiful comfort in the promise that God would be a husband to them, when all others forsook them.  He has promised to be husband to them, even when all others have forsaken them.  The principle is true; God will supply and meet our emotional needs, and rescue us from our disgrace and shame, when others forsaken us.

Can we trust Him.  Isaiah reminds us just who is making this promise.  He reminds them of how glorious of a Savior He is. He is their Maker, He is the Lord of hosts, He is their Redeemer, He is the Holy One of Israel, and He is called the God of the whole earth.  God goes even further in that He pursues His children when they are lacking.  “For the Lord has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God”.  He doesn’t sit on the sidelines waiting for us to call on Him.  He will call us to Himself.

God reminds us of the promise He made.  “This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you”.  There will be no more complete destruction.  There will never be a time when God casts us away.  He will always love us.  “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed”.  His love and kindness is more certain than the mountains.  What a promise we can cling to!

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