When all is hopeless, God has a plan

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Isaiah 54

“Sing, O barren,

You who have not borne!

Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,

You who have not labored with child!

For more are the children of the desolate

Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.

2     “Enlarge the place of your tent,

And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;

Do not spare;

Lengthen your cords,

And strengthen your stakes.

3     For you shall expand to the right and to the left,

And your descendants will inherit the nations,

And make the desolate cities inhabited.

4     “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;

Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;

For you will forget the shame of your youth,

And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.

5     For your Maker is your husband,

The Lord of hosts is His name;

And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;

He is called the God of the whole earth.

Have you ever thought that there was no hope for a given situation?  Have you ever felt like all was lost and there was no way that you would ever rejoice in the desires of your heart again?   So did Israel.  They lost everything.  They lost their cities, they lost their children, and they were going to all be deported to Babylon where they would be the servants, even the slaves of Babylon’s kings.  They were a hopeless bunch with no possible way out of their hopelessness.

Then God speaks to Isaiah with this prophecy telling His people that they would again bear children, even those who were childless would bear children.  God tells them to make their tents bigger.  To us this would be the equivalent of a family with no children who had not been able to get pregnant being told to add rooms on to their house because they were going to have a family.

We need to understand the cultural relevance here.  In many cultures, to not have children has a stigma to it.  Having children means that God has blessed you.  To not have children is the opposite; God has not blessed you.  To those who have endured the hopelessness of not having children God is going to be their husband, God is going to make sure they have the hope and joy of children.  Make your house bigger, your life is going to get better, it is going to be blest.

I don’t know your needs today, but God does.  When you feel that God has left you alone be certain that He has not.  When others around you seem to have God’s blessing and you have not, be certain that God has a plan and a future for you.  Just as Israel had no vision of how this would ever be fulfilled, you may have no idea how God can change your situation.  God calls us, just like He called them, to see God as able and to prepare our lives for His blessing upon us.

When we live in anticipation of the blessing of God we find God leading us in ways we did not see before.  When we take our eyes off of the problems of our lives and on to the promises of God we will see that God in love is directing us where He wants us to go.  In the middle of your despair, God has a plan for your future in which He will bring His unique blessing upon you thus accomplishing His purposes in you.  “In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”  God inhabits the praise of His people.

We had a great time in Wisconsin at Victory Academy.  The weather was near perfect for us and we truly enjoyed many aspects of God’s creation.  It was a time of fun, recreation, friendship, and spiritual growth and worship.  Thanks to all who came and made it possible.

Dave needs our prayers.  He was supposed to get an injection in his neck yesterday and it got cancelled.  His back pain is like a bad friend who won’t go away.  Pray for this procedure to bring some relief or for God to just bring His healing upon our brother.

I will be ministering at Wayside today and ask prayer for God to do His work in that service.  Tonight I am meeting with a couple for marriage counseling.  Pray for their salvation.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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