from the devotional book, PICTURES OF GOD
Read Isaiah 24:1-3, 19-23; 25:1-10a
Are you ready for a sobering view of the future? Read Isaiah 24. It tells about the day when God judges the entire earth. As He has promised, He will cleanse this world of all evil in every form. He will remove everything that is not absolute truth, everything that is not love, everything that is not of Himself. Injustice, greed, lies, selfish lust – it will all be burned away. Imagine the devastation to the current world order! The entire earth will be shaken to its very core before the Unshakable Kingdom becomes reality:
Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed,
For the Lord of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem.
(Isaiah 24:23, NASB)
Or, in the words of Revelation 11:15:
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever. (NASB)
Isaiah 25:1-5 is then a hymn of praise to the Almighty King who brought about such judgment and salvation.
But notice especially the verses that follow, Isaiah 25:6-10a. Now that the Holy and Sovereign Lord of the Universe has re-asserted His rule, He celebrates by throwing a lavish banquet.
Of course, He will spread out all the very best nourishment for all His people. But pause and imagine what He promises in verses 7-8:
- God will finally “swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death for all time” (v.7-8a, NASB). Wow! And this was written many centuries before Christ.
- “The Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces” (v.8b, NASB).
- All the cursed fruit of all our sin – all our suffering, all our disgrace, all the shame that has engulfed our entire race – will be removed forever. He has spoken, and He Himself will do it (v.8c).
After all God’s people have gone through, imagine them crying this together, with all their hearts:
“Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us.
This is the Lord for whom we have waited.
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” (v.9, NASB)
All that our hearts have longed for is coming. It will be full reality. Wait patiently.