"Before she was in labor, she gave birth; before her pain came upon her she delivered a son. Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day? Shall a nation be delivered in one moment? Yet as soon as Zion was in labor she delivered her children. Shall I open the womb and not deliver? says the Lord; shall I, the One who delivers, shut the womb? says your God. Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her... For thus says the Lord: I will extend prosperity to her like a river, and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream.... As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem" (Isaiah 66:7-13).
As a people, You chose Israel as the apple of Your eye and a light to the nations. Yet she so often turned from Your face and rejected Your embrace. She spurned the correction of Your prophets and rejected the leading of Your Spirit. Her selfishness was great, her stubbornness was strong, and her sins were many (v. 66:3-4).
Yet, You promised to never leave her nor forsake her. You continue to reach out to her and love her. Your covenant is eternal and Your promises are certain. And even when it may seem that all is lost and too far gone to have any hope of change, Your word will still go forth and will fully accomplish all that You have purposed and promised (v. 55:11). "And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, 'Out of Zion will come the Deliverer; He will banish ungodliness from Jacob. And this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins'" (Romans 11:26-27).
Is not their journey our journey? Are not their cycles of sins and failures, repentance and mercy, discouragement and hope an example for us? (1 Corinthians 10:6). "Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness toward you, provided you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And even those of Israel, if they do not persist in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again" (Romans 11:22-23).
It's Your severity that judges our doubt and unbelief, our resistance and pride. And it's Your kindness that pours out Your mercy and refuses to allow us to persist in our rejection of all Your promises that await fulfillment if we'll entrust ourselves to You. You can change everything in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Like a woman crying out in the pains of labor, You deliver us from our distress and bring to life all You've sown and purposed within us. You will be faithful to bring to completion all You have begun (Philippians 1:6). Thank You, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
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