Isaiah’s prophecy has been the source of comfort and courage to the heavy-hearted for thousands of years. This is God’s reassurance that the Lord still loves God’s own, that God is still our God, and we who have put our hope and trust in the Lord are God’s people.
Knowing earthly glory does not last gives you and me the greater perspective that only eternal things are worth investing our hearts in. So we ask ourselves: What priorities might need to change in order to reflect a more eternal perspective?
If you listened to the recitative in yesterday’s post, “Comfort Ye My People,” then you will instantly recognize today’s passage.
This passage was made famous by George Frideric Handel’s Messiah, “Comfort Ye My People,” the second piece heard in Part I. In this recitative, God gives comfort and promises salvation.
God has not abandoned you, Isaiah was saying. Your best days are still ahead. Because of God’s grace He is coming to save you; your hope doesn’t need to depend on your ability, but rests completely on God and His love for you.
Nahum’s prophecy continues as an encouragement to you and me today. God will expunge evil around us and within us—either by the cleansing of repentance, or the cleansing of judgement.