Glad Tiding to Jerusalem!
Scripture reading for July 29th: Isaiah 40-43
“Comfort, comfort My people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” (Isaiah 40:1-2)
God’s tender mercies were to flow again for the battered people of Jerusalem. Isaiah was told to announce that her sin had been paid for and that God would bring restoration in greater portion than their sins! God Himself was coming to visit them! This was a word of comfort to those who would listen.
Isaiah spoke of a voice crying in the desert to prepare a straight way in the wilderness for the Lord. He was coming and all people would see His glory! Isaiah was commanded to cry out to the people: “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.” (Isaiah 40:6-8) These verses indicate that man and creation must humbly remember that they are temporary and exist by the grace of God. His word is the sure foundation for true comfort!
Isaiah then described how God would come to Judah and in glory! He would come with power and yet would be gentle as a shepherd tending the lambs. He could measure the waters of earth in the hollow of His hand and mark off the heavens with its span. He would pay no attention to nations or earthly power, for He was enthroned above the circle of the earth. He created the stars and called them by name! He is the everlasting God, Creator of the ends of the earth! (Isaiah 40:10-28)
Do you find yourself in need of God’s comfort today? Humble yourself and think about God and his eternal word. He is the God of all comfort and hope and encourages us with the hope we find in Jesus Christ, the God whose coming is described by Isaiah! Those who hope in God will renew their strength and find themselves soaring with wings like eagles! Good news energizes you at your very core and makes you want to run with it!