The book of Isaiah has always captivated me. It could be easy to get bogged down in all of the laments and “woes,” but it is chock full of nuggets that my soul just grabs onto and basks in. I’ve been reading through Isaiah for the past few days, using the outline at the beginning of the book that the ESV Study Bible provides to try to make sense of the overall flow of the book. Each day, I have stumbled upon these nuggets–reading through these dire prophecies and warnings, the promises just leap off of the page and into my soul where they are a balm. I just want to share some of them here, and pray that they will comfort you and fill you with a peace and a hope as they have been doing for me.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” 1:18
“He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn way anymore. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord.” 2:4-5
“I will give thanks to you in that day, O LORD, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” 12:1-2
“He will swallow up death forever; and the LORD GOD will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the LORD has spoken.” 25:8
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” 26:3
“Does one crush grain for bread? No, he does not thresh it forever; when he drives his cart wheel over it with his horses, he does not crush it. This also comes from the LORD of hosts; he is wonderful in counsel and excellent in wisdom.” 28:28-29
“In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel.” 29:18-19
“For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” 30:15
“Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you,and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” 30:18
“And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet your Teacher will not hide himself anymore, but your eyes shall see your Teacher. And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” 30:20-21
“…until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings,and in quiet resting places.” 32:15-18
“The LORD is exalted, for he dwells on high; he will fill Zion with justice and righteousness, and he will be the stability of your times, abundance of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is Zion’s treasure.” 33:5-6
“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy.” 35:4-6
And I haven’t even gotten through the second half of the book! How could anyone read these promises and not long for that day? Trust Him, take Him at his word. No matter what your circumstances, no matter how difficult your life, no matter how much further our nation slips down the slippery slope it is on, hope in the Lord. Come, Lord Jesus. Quickly come.