What is ahead of us this year?
Only God knows the answer to that question, but in Isaiah 14 He points us to the ultimate future of His children. Here in the heart of the beautiful picture of God’s ultimate restoration plan for His children, God gives us a triple promise of rest!
When the Lord has given you rest from your pain and turmoil and the hard service with which you were made to serve, you will take up this taunt against the king of Babylon: “How the oppressor has ceased, the insolent fury ceased!
What kind of a life is described here! No more pain. No more fear or confusion. No more slavery of any kind, be it unfair labor, or the slavery of addiction.
Here we see Satan and all of his agents cast down, defeated, and ultimately destroyed. The ultimate power of God is displayed as He brings His children into the protection of His own city.
The beauty of this text comes as we realize that the Savior has come. The enemy has been defeated. As we accept the power of Jesus Christ in our lives, we can have a foretaste of heaven. God offers to lift us up into heavenly places today, and introduce us to the joy of living in freedom as His children. (For more about this read through Ephesians 2!)
As we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, and we cooperate with Him, we are drawn closer and closer to the presence of God. We accept the victory of Jesus in our own lives and we become victorious over sin. Satan is defeated. Then the beauty of living as citizens of the kingdom of heaven is demonstrated to the world. Seeing us, the “messengers of the nations” announce the truth, “The Lord has founded Zion, and the poor of His people will trust in it.”
May this year find us experiencing His rest from sorrow, from fear, and from captivity to this world as we eagerly wait for Jesus to take us home!
- Pastor Ted Baze
Scripture portions taken from the Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.