Wednesday, 25 November 2020
‘‘Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstacle out of the way of My people.” -Isaiah 57:14
The passage in our reading today is God’s plan for those who are contrite and humble in their heart! As outlined in chapters 40 – 48, God’s heart always is willing to comfort His people. Although God says He abandoned Israel for a brief time, when He understood their repentance, He comforts them!
The stumbling block referred is the idolatry described in verses 3-13. It is important to note that although God is almighty and completely unapproachable to the proud, He reaches down to lift up those who humble themselves before Him. The two expressions in verse 15, “High and Exalted” may be rephrased as “exceedingly lofty” and “High and Holy” may be re-phrased as “unsearchably high.” Yet God is always willing to associate Himself with those who are contrite in their hearts and who genuinely repent.
God’s nature of love always desired to see the restoration His people who have backslidden or walked away from Him. A similar approach can be read in Isaiah 40:1-2 “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.” God is willing to make a way for the restoration of the penitent. 1 John 1:9 it says: “But if we confess our sins to him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” Such a great and precious promise in Christ is available for all who truly repent and return to Him!
In verse 15 it says that He will REVIVE the spirit of the lowly and REVIVE the heart of the contrite. Repentance precedes revival. As stated in verse 18, “…. I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him….” and in verse19: “Creating praise of the lips. Peace, peace to him who is far and to him who is near,”— praise a