One of the greatest things I have learnt from the scriptures and teachers of the Bible (Especially NT Wright) is the fact that God (YHWH) is The God OF and ON a mission. as believers, we are to share this love of Christ that has been shade in our hearts to everyone alive. but ideally we are asked of the Lord to be committed to participating with God’s people in Gods desire to redeem the whole creation. In other words, He calls us to be partakers of the great commission of reaching out to the unreached but, it is from Him to us.
Therefore, he beckons us to come and get to know him and he uses prophet Isaiah to unveil his proposal to all of humanity of His intention. the message of Isaiah 54 can be broken down into three aspects in terms of His proposal to us. for the purposes of this discussion, we will be looking at three themes which include;
- God has come to give us hope
- God has come to restore us
- God has come to establish us in His righteousness.
we live in a society that has no hope. we are being conditioned to believe what we see and what we can explain through science or otherwise. but in mind of the person whos interaction with civilization doesn’t date back too long, then we always have a conflict because what seems to come our way has explanations that make a lot of sense even if doesn’t look like. Hope, as given by the Lord is not as that given by fellow humans who could be having some ability to manipulate things here or there. this Hope, can’t be understood by mere manipulation and debates but by faith. This is what the Lord tells us through his servant Isaiah. Sin had marred our image of Him and it became detestable before the Lord. He couldn’t stand it but to move away but for a while. Now he is back. he has a solution to that problem that hindered good relations.
the greatest thing that ever happened to humanity is that the God who was offended has a solution to the problem that mad finds himself in. this is a relief! a big one. what if it was left to man to get a solution for Sin, what could have happened? it is important for us to always appreciate that we don’t know how bad we look like in sin. ideally, we may never really know what it means to be restored to the image that we marred. What I believe we can come close to is the fact that His presence makes a difference even if we may not recognize due to the effect of Sin. He chose not to destroy us nor be angry and rebuke us. This makes my hair stand! Being Who He is, The Bible tells me that He never changes His mind or goes back against His word.
This is like no other. he even promises that even in this change is status, irrespective of what the people around me will do, they will not succeed. My hope is stayed in Him. In life, we always have people that we were having relations with and they wouldn’t be happy when we loose touch or even sworn enemies because of the change that Christ has brought in your life. the good news is that He has already taken care of that too. “they will gather”, He says “but not by Him”. Why should they waste time and energy to plan useless fights? one would ask. Actually, it even makes me wonder why they would gather when they know that the Lord would not listen to them nor heed to their prayers and fastings? this is to say, they may be so close you but they will not succeed, says the Lord.
He establishes us in his righteousness in that we bore what is His. In Him, it doesn’t matter what the opinion of another may be because He gives permanence and recognition of belonging. in belonging means that we have rights and as such the least we can do is to accept the mission of God to us. this is what He wants for us. Will you accept it?