When God speaks giving you special words to cling to you are apt to recall those words for your entire life. During the past few decades God has caused me to remember Isaiah 54 many times. One time I asked him why I kept being led to read those words over and over again. I obeyed what I felt the Spirit of God was telling me to do when I reread the words. I told the Lord I really wanted to know why he had me read those passages so much. The very next day God intervened for me in a miraculous way when an odd neighbor was coming on our property and trying to interfere in our lives. The woman was out of line. That was when Jeff was still alive. I had called Jeff on the phone and told him about the woman standing on our property and how she wouldn’t go to her own home and mind her own business. He told me to call the police. A police officer arrived and he wanted to know what was going on. When he found out the woman was standing there harassing us and he heard her lies when she told him that she was only inviting us to church he directed her to go back to her own home. [By the way the woman had not been asking us to come to church that day. I guess she thought it would sound better for her if she said that to the police officer. He wisely knew that she was invading our privacy and our land. She needed to go home. Thankfully the good law of the land is still upheld in some areas. Many places in the U.S. have no trespassing laws. Good law enforcement people will do what they can to help protect a person’s right to keep other people from trespassing on another person’s land. The officer we met that day did his job properly. That woman never trespassed on our land again.] I remembered how I had asked God why he kept leading me to read Isaiah 54 less than 24 hours before the problem occurred. God showed me how he is more than able to send forth defense when it is needed. His Word says that no weapon formed against us shall prevail. Even though that woman harassed us for a short time God sent someone who had authority to get her removed from our area. No matter how many times God puts a set of Scriptures on your heart to hear or read them be sure to obey Him to read them or share those words again and again because His Word won’t come back void. A few years ago I was given the thought to read Isaiah 54 again. I told the Lord how I wondered if there was anything new about that Chapter that he could or would show me. That day I felt he led me by the prompting of His Holy Spirit to look in my concordance to understand what he wanted me to learn about him bringing people back to him. I found out that when God says he will bring you back (or when he was telling his people in Is. 54 that he would bring them back) he is saying he will hold you close. I was comforted to realize that no matter what pain you’ve gone through or how humiliated you’ve felt God wants to hold you close and he can hold you closer than anyone else can. Be comforted you children of the Most High God. Be comforted knowing that though there are trials and sorrows to be endured at times the day will come when there will be no more pain or sorrow. God is able to hold you close. God is able to heal your sorrows and your pain. ~ Elizabeth Evans Wolfe ~
Isaiah 54-55 (NIV) The Future Glory of Zion
54 “Sing, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
3 For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.
4 “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
5 For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
6 The Lord will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.
7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
8 In a surge of anger
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.
9 “To me this is like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you,
never to rebuke you again.
10 Though the mountains be shaken
and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
11 “Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted,
I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise,[a]
your foundations with lapis lazuli.
12 I will make your battlements of rubies,
your gates of sparkling jewels,
and all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,
and great will be their peace.
14 In righteousness you will be established:
Tyranny will be far from you;
you will have nothing to fear.
Terror will be far removed;
it will not come near you.
15 If anyone does attack you, it will not be my doing;
whoever attacks you will surrender to you.
16 “See, it is I who created the blacksmith
who fans the coals into flame
and forges a weapon fit for its work.
And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;
17 no weapon forged against you will prevail,
and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
and this is their vindication from me,”
declares the Lord.
Invitation to the Thirsty
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3 Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”