I closed the last program with the statement that when it seemed most bleak and hopeless for the future of the Israelites, God gave a promise of Amazing Grace. First, regarding those who didn’t ask for it in Isaiah 65:1, then to the Israelites in Isaiah 65:8. I pointed out that this is Amazing Grace. This is the beginning of the rest of the story.
The end of the story is introduced beginning in verse 17: “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” What follows is unbelievable bliss and perfect harmony.
This reminds me of what Paul wrote in Philippians 1:6, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
The world is filled with all kinds of heartaches and tragedies. It’s easy to get discouraged. This is especially true when we know that part of it is because we’ve failed in some way, or outright rebelled and sinned. Our future might seem overwhelming and hopeless. Often during such times it seems our prayers go unanswered and our circumstances get worse.
At such times it’s good to read in God’s Word about the experience of other believers who’ve gone before us. Read Hebrews 11, that great chapter on faith heroes. Or 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
Be encouraged and press on in hope.