“And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35: 10).
What a powerful word of hope and encouragement. One which can only be understood in the context of its writing. Isaiah served as a counselor to kings from 740-701 BCE in the Southern Kingdom. During that period, there were two major crises – the war with Syria in 734 and the Assyrian threats from 734 – 701 BCE.
Isaiah saw those events as expressions of God’s rule and reign over the nations. The cause of the wars, he said, was social injustice. God was working out His sovereign plan for His people in the international arena.
He served in the Southern Kingdom during the time when the Northern Kingdom had fallen to the Assyrians and was literally destroyed. Isaiah Prophesied of the fall of the Southern Kingdom. A prophecy that went unheeded for the most part. There was a great deal of national pride and arrogance; they had forgotten their loyalty to God. And, for that judgment was at hand. One could argue that America is facing the same fate. I pray God has mercy on me.
But the prophet saw a day known as “The Day of Universal Blessing.” Think of it – A day in which all the world stands united as one. A day, when none shall go hungry. The naked shall be clothed. Those who are cold shall be warmed. Those who are fearful shall be at ease. The sick, they shall be healed. Those who are oppressed shall be free. Those who have no hope shall have hope. Listen, the prophet says, “A new day is coming! Think of It! What a glorious day that will be.
While I believe the prophecy speaks of the Millennial reign of Christ, there is, I think, a foretaste of that day already available to the one who by faith enters it through faith in Christ. I say that because in Christ dwells all the fullness of God whose name is Righteousness, and Sanctifier, and Peace, and Present, and Healer, and Provider, and Shepherd. God is all of these things and always has been and will always be.
While the fullness of His Kingdom has not yet come, there are glimpses of it even now. And it is made visible through the lives of those in whose heart He reigns supreme.
There is a New Day Dawning, and I wonder if today others will catch a glimpse of it through those whose lives are yielded to the sovereign rule of God. Will they see images of that New Day in ME? I pray so!