Sunday, March 4, 2018
Read : Isaiah 25
Thoughts from: Jeff Bonds
Isaiah begins the chapter with a declaration that the LORD is his God and declares his intention to exalt and praise Him. He follows that with “for you have done wonderful things, plans formed of old, faithful and sure.” Isaiah recognizes that he is a subject of the Lord God Almighty and that He is worthy of all the praise that Isaiah could heap upon Him!
Isaiah then goes on to describe some of the wonderful things that God has done. First he says that “you have made the city a heap, the fortified city a ruin.” He is describing an act of judgment by God on His and the nation of Israel’s enemies. We don’t often think of judgment as a “wonderful thing”, but the fact of God’s judgment makes our living in His grace all the more sweet.
Isaiah also reminds us that God has been a stronghold to the poor and the needy. When we recognize our poverty and need of the Lord, he never fails to be a stronghold for us. A stronghold is a place of safety and security, much like a castle or other fortified location, where we are safe from all who are against us. We are safe because we are in Him and He is our stronghold!
Isaiah then turns his eyes to future. Having reviewed God’s past faithfulness, Isaiah, and by extension you and I, can trust in the certainty of God’s promises for the future. Isaiah looks ahead to the time when God will gather all of His children for a feast and will remove our greatest enemy, death. The blanket that lays across all of history, darkening and covering it, will finally be removed. God will “swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces.” That is the joyous future His children have in store. And because we have, not only the record of God’s faithfulness throughout scripture, but in our own lives as well, we can be sure that His plans, “formed of old, faithful and sure” will be carried out! Which should result in each of one us declaring, “I will exalt you; I will praise your name!”