Today you should read: Isaiah 54
Isaiah 54 is a prophecy of hope. If you recall, the Lord has told the people of Israel that they will be taken captive by the Babylonians, but in this passage, there is a return from that captivity and a blessing to go with it.
God is going to have compassion on the people who have once turned their backs on Him. God promises to multiply their nation (v. 1-3), be with them (v. 4-10), and protect them (v. 11-17).
Our takeaway from this passage should come from verses 7-8, “For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,’ says the Lord, your Redeemer.”
Our takeaway comes from the fact that God had every right to punish each and every one of us. He should have deserted us and hid His face because we have been unfaithful, unjust, wicked, deceitful, etc. But because of His love and compassion, He sent His Son to die for us. Jesus took our place on the Cross so that we may be reconciled to God. Please, do not forget that each day.
Who is someone you know that is far from God? How will you tell them about His love, grace, and mercy? Will you take time to invite them to church or maybe even our Easter Service?