In the first chapter of Isaiah, we hear of the faithlessness of the people of the city Judah. God’s people were not hearing His word and trusting in His promises. Instead, they were leaning on their own sinful hearts, their ‘bloodguiltiness’ being revealed because of their sin. Yet, in the midst of hearing about the faithlessness, the Lord continues to show His incredible love and grace:
“I will restore your judges as at the first, and your counselors as at the beginning. Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city. Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness” (Isaiah 1:26-27).
Though undeserved, God’s love is so great that He promises to renew the city — to renew the people — through His redeeming. In the death and resurrection of Jesus, this work was done and this promise was fulfilled for all people. Though some reject these promises, God remains faithful, just as He did with the city of Judah. As His faithfulness works through us, we are able to share this Good News, hoping that those who do not believe would come to receive these amazing promises by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ, be encouraged. The Lord is gracious and merciful, working through YOU to share His incredible promises — the promises of His Word — with all people. And, even when you fail, bring your sorrow and repentance to God, reminded that those who repent will be redeemed by His righteousness. Take to heart the words of promise spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be like snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool” (Isaiah 1:18b).
Peace, hope, and love in all ways & always,