These chapters have such great promises and wisdom in them. So often we are tempted to blame God for all the bad stuff in our lives. For the stuff that doesn’t go our way, for the challenges that we face day-to-day, etc. And yet we are told here in Isaiah that “If anyone attacks us, it will not be God’s doing. That whoever attacks us will surrender to us, that no weapon forged against us will prevail and that we will refute every tongue that accuses us. “This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is the vindication from me, declares the Lord.” As you read this you may be thinking that this is more about battle than life. But, aren’t we all in a battle? Think about that for a moment. The devil is always prowling around wanting us to struggle, to become discouraged and to not trust in what we cannot see. But God says, those who are His servants, His children, His believers, those who trust in Him, will triumph by His hand.
In chapter 55 we are invited to come – “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters: and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! …. “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the riches of fare.” And the chapter goes on.
As I look at these passages and these chapters I am reminded that vindication does not necessarily come in the way I expect and most often not in the timing for which I want it to happen.
With regards to being thirsty – As a result of our economy today there are many who have lost jobs and do not know from where their next meal may be coming; some are anxious and fretful while others have peace. The difference between the two… I see two things. One those who know God and follow His ways understand that God is in control and that like it says in Isaiah we have a strong heritage. They live an eternal focused life – A Jesus centered life.
Secondly they do not live by worldly standards. They don’t have the most expensive home money could buy; but they do have a roof over their heads to keep them dry and walls to protect them from the elements and home filled with the things that God will use for His eternal purposes. They don’t drive a brand new car yet they are able to get where they need to go and do what they need to do. They aren’t fashion label conscious (buying a “Coach” purse is not in their realm of wants) and they are good stewards of what God has provided. They have plenty and they have plenty to give and share with others. (By the world stands they would not be considered wealthy or even upper class; but poor souls who have not much. But they are rich in ways the world will never understand. They have all they need and they have a life rich in the LORD! They like Paul have learned to be content; “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12 A secret I am still learning in my life; even today!
Until next time – be encouraged