In Chapter 13 and 14 Isaiah tells the future of Babylon. In other places we see that Israel will be taken captive and live in captivity for many years. Here we see that Babylon, her captors, will be taken care of and the oppression brought on by captivity will end; the Israelites will once again find a semblance of rest and peace. (14:7). Once again the Lord will have compassion; once again He will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. (14:1) If you go back through time and history you will discover that this is exactly what happened. However, Babylon is not the only one mentioned who will be brought down. In the remaining chapters we see that Moab and Damascus will be taken to task, also.
In all this there must have been a few people who really were following God, even though the nation as a whole was corrupt and evil. Those few that were doing their best to follow the LORD, who suffered the same consequences of those in captivity and exile, how their hearts must of cried out for relief and for justice. How they must have cried out for rest and peace to come. I can’t help but wonder if some even questioned their own lives as if to doubt that they were truly following the Lord. And sadly, I couldn’t help but wonder if in the midst of all this horribleness if some even questioned the existence of Yahweh. How could a loving God leave them in such dark despair? I am sad to say in my dark hours I have had similar doubts and questions. There must have been many times when God’s people wondered will it ever end. And here in these chapters Isaiah delivers a strong message; a message of deliverance from oppression once again for His people.
The message for me in these chapters – I may mess up royally but God is faithful. I may have to suffer the consequences of my own or others actions, but God is always in the midst. No matter the circumstances I find myself in I need never be without hope and God will always come through. The question is…. “Is my faith strong enough, is my faith deep enough, and is my faith active enough to carry me through those very tough, dark times?”
Until next time – Be Encouraged
Tomorrow’s reading Isaiah 18-22