During this time in our lives, we must not waste the opportunity we have been given. We have an opportunity, during all that is going on, to develop our relationship with the Lord our God. Do not make space for fear and doubt in your heart, make more space for the Lord.
Isaiah 40:3 Listen! It's the voice of someone shouting, 'Clear the way through the wilderness for the LORD! Make a straight highway through the wasteland for our God!'
Often our lives can become cluttered and consumed with all the 'issues of life'. We have an opportunity to declutter and rid our lives of things that would disturb our relationship with the Lord. We have this wonderful opportunity to deal with the obstacles and make a way, and build a straight highway, for the Lord to become the dominant player in our lives. Perhaps your relationship with the Lord has become a bit of a wilderness or a wasteland. Anywhere where God is not, is a wilderness and wasteland. We need the Lord in our lives, we cannot do without Him. So, let us deal with the hindrances and let us make right with Him, so that He can turn our wilderness into a well-watered garden and our wasteland into a fruitful field.
Isaiah 40:4 'Fill in the valleys, and level the mountains and hills. Straighten the curves, and smooth out the rough places.'
HE WILL DO IT
The Lord is the One who will step into our lives and bring about the change we so desperately need and long for. We live in a world where there is not much that we as individuals can do to bring about change, except to call out to God for help - pray. But God can and God will. Look what it says in verse 6.
Isaiah 40:6 A voice said, "Shout!" I asked, "What should I shout?"
It is time for us to focus on the Lord and on what God has said. We cannot keep on singing the song of despair that the world is singing. Let us change our confession and begin to confess something different. Let us begin to proclaim in His name, that the time of struggle, captivity, and misery, is finished. Let us start to declare that a double blessing, or a double portion of His blessings, are ours and will be ours. Speak it out, shout it out, and let that be your reality.
THE GLORY OF THE LORD WILL BE REVEALED
Nothing ever happens in this world or in our lives that God will not use to bring Him glory. He can even take situations that seem hopeless and turn them into something for His glory. In the middle of this whole story, we see the purpose and intention of the Lord.
Isaiah 40:5 'And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.'
I believe that, somehow, through all that is going on, God's glory will be revealed, and it will be something that no man can take credit for. He is using what the world is going through and what you are facing as an opportunity for His glory to be revealed. Your situation, and our situation as a global community, is a wonderful opportunity to see what God will do. So, be comforted and be encouraged. The Lord has wonderful plans for each one of us.
Jeremiah 29:11 "I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
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