“Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to those with anxious heart, ‘take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but He will save you.'” (35:3-4)
The blind will see, the deaf will hear, the lame will leap, the mute will shout for joy, streams of water will fill the wilderness! The Messiah will restore all brokenness!
“With everlasting joy upon their heads, they will find gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (35:10)
Even though Judah will be disciplined by the LORD, taken in to exile in Babylon, it is not forever. The LORD does not forsake. He will bring them home safely.
The LORD is deeply wonderful. I think we’ve settled for the Sunday school version of Him, who merely saves us from our sins. All our other problems are for doctors, therapists, Netflix, ice cream, you name it. We’ve somehow managed to compartmentalize Him into a very small jurisdiction, leaving us feeling pretty hopeless about the issues were actually concerned with.
He is more. He physically heals. He emotion absolves. He promises political righteousness (which is incomprehensible) and justice. He teaches. The Holy Spirit counsels and convicts.
“In the beginning was the word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3
He made everything! Don’t you think He can handle your everything? Ask Him! Invite Him in the the corners of your life that feel unresolveable or hopelessly broken.
Meanwhile, in chapter 36 there’s the immediate threat of Assyria, knocking down Jerusalem’s door saying, “You think your God will save you? Has anyone else’s god saved them?” You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out!