This morning I read Isaiah 65.
I was struck by two thunderbolts.
1) The chapter is directed to Israel as a nation. And how does God describe them?
As those who do not ask for him, do not seek him, a rebellious people who follow their own devices, who provoke God continually, serving idols, and worst of all, God describes them as “a nation that was not called by my name.”
Israel has become worse than the unbelieving nations all around them.
That’s a horrible indictment.
2) Further into the chapter God, in his mercy, tells them that he will bless his servants while the rest will face destruction. Who are these servants? People of faith!
And what awaits them?
Everything their hearts longed for – pure joy, satisfying relationships, gladness of heart, eternal life, fellowship with God and one another – but they won’t have these things until they are living in the new heavens and the new earth.
So what does that mean for us?
It means we should not look for perfection in our work, our relationships, our purpose in life while we still live on this planet.
The world has not been redeemed yet.
We continue to wrestle with sin.
We don’t have our new bodies yet.
All that we crave will be ours after we die or when Jesus comes back again, whichever comes first.
So how should we live then?
We live in the tension of the now and not yet.
We keep our eyes on the future while we live and love and serve our Lord in the present.
We do this because we know where we’re headed and what awaits us.
Our future is secure!
These truths were a great reminder for me after a tumultuous weekend. (See blog post Weakness Is Better Than Strength)
Question: How does knowing that God will give you all your heart’s desires help you live today?
Talk to me.