Wait for Me (Isaiah 49:19-26)
1.[v.19-21] Then you will say: “The children of your bereavement will yet say in your ears… Then you will say in your heart…”
1A.[v.19-20] Our narrow minds: “surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants… make room for me to dwell in”
1B.[v.21] His Amazing Answer: “Who has borne me these?... Who has brought up these?... From where have these come?
2.[v.22-23] Then you shall not be put to shame: “they shall bow down to you”
3.[v.24-26] Then all flesh shall know: “that I am the LORD you Savior”
Wait for Me
Pause & Reflect
19 “Surely your waste and your desolate places and your devastated land—surely now you will be too narrow for your inhabitants, and those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 The children of your bereavement will yet say in your ears: ‘The place is too narrow for me; make room for me to dwell in.’
21 Then you will say in your heart: ‘Who has borne me these? I was bereaved and barren, exiled and put away, but who has brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; from where have these come?’”
22 Thus says the Lord God: “Behold, I will lift up my hand to the nations, and raise my signal to the peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders.
23 Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. With their faces to the ground they shall bow down to you, and lick the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame.”
24 Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant be rescued?
25 For thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken, and the prey of the tyrant be rescued, for I will contend with those who contend with you, and I will save your children.
26 I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. Then all flesh shall know that I am the Lord your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
The central truth of this word was –
In our waiting for the LORD, surely the LORD is waiting on us too. He grants us time to wait now to realign our hope for tomorrow. Just as Good Friday didn’t turn into Easter Sunday at once, we learn to wait, to stay awake to how He is preparing us from Friday to Sunday. The people had forgotten and forsaken the LORD, so they were not ready to hope nor receive His covenant promise of restoration. Yet that time would come and has come in Jesus Christ, who is God’s signal for His people. Let us stop living in the flesh, in this predator-prey world of the flesh. Let us not consume each other or our circumstances, but have compassion on each other and what the sovereign LORD does in giving and taking away. As we wait together for the living hope to come, being prepared to meet our risen Lord at His return, may all our flesh be redeemed to say, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!” (Revelation 22:20).
– *How has the LORD spoken to you today through this?
Holy Spirit Moment
Take a moment to invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, and pray.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)