“But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish.” Isaiah 9:1
It’s easy to read the prophets and think that they are all gloom and doom. They report Israel’s sin, announce God’s judgment, and warn the people to repent before it’s too late.
It certainly is true that Isaiah had bad news to share with Israel. He opens his prophecy describing Israel as “a people laden with iniquity” (Isaiah 1:4) and their “sins are like scarlet” ([1:18]). In chapter 8, Isaiah specifically cites how, because of Israel’s sin, Assyria will invade the land as a flood, “reaching even up to the neck” ([8:18]).
“But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish” (Isaiah 9:1). Judgment, destruction, misery, and sorrow is never the last word for God’s people, because God’s “anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime” (Psalm 30:5). No matter how terrible Isaiah describes our current condition, he always eventually calls us to look to the horizon and see God’s coming redemption, grace, and love.
What fills your heart with gloom? Where do you see signs of God’s judgment against sin in your life and our world? Remember, no matter how dire the situation may be, because of God’s relentless love in Christ, “there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish.”
Father, thank you for hope in Christ. Sin, pain, darkness, and heartache will not be the end of my story, because of the gracious ways you always work out redemption and salvation for your people. Amen.
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