God has made a remarkable provision for all wandering sheep to return to Him through His servant, Jesus Christ. This incredible act of grace, once understood, has major impact on a person’s life. Isaiah 54 is the exposition of the power of that grace.
The Suffering Savior
The fundamental problem that stands between God and man is the sinfulness of mankind. We have gone our own way, done our own thing, and sought to live without God. This sin causes separation and the only pathway back is for God to justly punish sin. To ensure sin can be punished and sinners be saved God provided a servant to stand in our place – Jesus Christ.
The Servant Savior
God is a saving God. He solves the problems that we cannot solve. Isaiah 42 gives us a glimpse into the servant God will provide to be the Savior we need.
Comfort My People
In the midst of suffering, turmoil, and crisis we find ourselves in desperate need for comfort. Whether our crisis is collective or individual, external or internal – our soul is in need of comfort. God offers us comfort that is based on reality and has life changing effect.
Learning to Wait
Wait upon the Lord is a familiar phrase of Scripture. Likewise, it can be a frustrating phrase to humans. We are prone to trust our plans and our power and forget to live in expectant hope of God’s plans and power. Learning to wait upon the Lord is key to relating to Him properly.
A Sure Foundation
It is essential that we have a firm foundation under our feet as we journey in life. There is no other foundation able to handle our life than the foundation of God’s faithfulness to us. We must examine our foundation to see what we are building our life on and make the necessary correction to ensure God alone is that sure foundation.
Transformed by Grace
God’s deepest hope for each of us is not just a simple, happy life. Nor is it limited to just making it to heaven. His deepest hope is your transformation into the kind of person fit for heaven, who then can truly live with real joy and peace. This can only happen when we have a genuine encounter with God. When we recognize Him for who He is, it humbles us in our sin, and then (and only then) can we be rebuilt by His grace. Transformation really takes off once we are then commissioned into God’s mission.
Hope & Humility
Isaiah lives in light of the tension of what is to come and what is currently going on. In Chapters 2-4 he bookends this passage with a vision of what the world will be once God makes all things right. In the middle, however, he reminds us of the harsh reality of where we currently stand. Human pride is the barrier to heaven. Therefore, humility is necessary for us to be ready for the ultimate hope of the world to come.
Who We Are
Self-awareness is crucial to transformation. While it is often painful, it is the initial step to making any meaningful change. God, through Isaiah, lays the foundation of self-awareness we need to recognize our true condition. We are sinful, rebellious, self-interested, impure, and even our best effort to worship God – if we are sinful – falls woefully short of honoring Him. We need more than what we can provide for justification before Him. We need a Savior and that is just what God provides.
The prophet Isaiah was a man commissioned by God to bring His people a vision. A clear, singular vision of reality about life from God’s perspective. This reality is hard at first, because it tells us the truth about our situation – that we are ungrateful rebels against our Creator. But if you stick with God’s reality it also includes unbelievable truths – that we have a God who can and wants to save, and He is preparing a world of perfection for those who trust Him.