We ask God to work according to what we see and know, but we trust Him to act according to what He sees and knows.
Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.
There is SO MUCH that we don’t know and don’t see. Yet, we still try to live our lives according to our own ideas and perceptions. As we live our lives, we cannot see what God has planned for us on the other side of death. But, He has given us His Word, and in it He gives us snippets of what is to come. Isaiah 65 is one of those snippets:
1 “I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name,
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’”
This verse is for us Gentiles. WE are the nation that He has called unto Himself. Does this calling leave out the Jews? Absolutely not! Read on!
8 This is what the Lord says:
“As when juice is still found in a cluster of grapes
and people say, ‘Don’t destroy it,
there is still a blessing in it,’
so will I do in behalf of my servants;
I will not destroy them all.
9 I will bring forth descendants from Jacob,
and from Judah those who will possess my mountains;
my chosen people will inherit them,
and there will my servants live.
10 Sharon will become a pasture for flocks,
and the Valley of Achor a resting place for herds,
for my people who seek me.
These verses speak of a new kind of servant, one who trusts in the One True God. We know Him as Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMachiach. Let’s read about what He has in store for His servants:
17 “See, I will create
new heavens and a new earth.
The former things will not be remembered,
nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I will create,
for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
and take delight in my people;
the sound of weeping and of crying
will be heard in it no more.
From this passage, we can conclude:
- God is going to remake the earth. It will be the same as what the Flood did to the earth. We read about it in 2 Peter 3, 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. Christ will not remove the earth from existence, but RENEW the earth for US!
- We will keep our identities, but our lives on earth will be overshadowed and engulfed with the Presence of Christ, the newness of the earth, and all that God has in store for us. I have read it put this way, “If I am in economy seating on a plane and am asked to move to first class, there will be nothing in economy seating that I will miss. Considering that our seating is more like in the baggage department, how much more!” (paraphrased from Randy Alcorn, “Heaven”).
- Jerusalem will become the hub of civilization, for Christ will rule from there! To learn about the Coming of Christ to Jerusalem, read Zechariah 14. What a POWERFUL chapter of our future! We will unpack that one another time.
Coming up in the rest of Chapter 65 is the Millennial Reign of Christ. I can hardly wait to talk about it!
Abba, You have SO MUCH in store for us–if we could only grasp the fact that this world as we know it, that this life as we know it, is such a small part of what is coming. At the same time, our lives are ultra-important because it is during this time that we decide where we will spend eternity and with whom. May we be about Your mission, O LORD, to call people to Yourself. May I be a light, an example, a witness, and a herald for You. I’m looking for divine appointments today, Abba. Amen.