Life Beyond This Moment (Isaiah 29, III John)

“Therefore, behold; I will again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder….” Isaiah 29:15

If I could just get beyond this moment!  The grief of this moment was consuming the survivors of a recent tornado.  These survivors had much to thank God for, but in the moment, all they could see was what they had lost.

Question, “Are you struggling with life beyond this moment?”  Or maybe you are trying to help someone get beyond this moment in their lives?

Consider the people of Israel in the time of Isaiah.  Two things stand out in this moment in time:

1.  Their devastation stemmed from their polluted heart, Vs: 13

“Ah, you who hide deep from the Lord your counsel, whose deeds are in the dark, and who say, ‘Who sees us? Who knows us?'”

Here were a people who thought they had both covered their tracts (Vs:15) and had offered acceptable sacrifice (Vs:13).  But they were discovering that nothing is hidden from God.

2.  Their destruction stemmed from the throne room of heaven, Vs: 1-9

The sovereign Lord has seen enough rebellion and now it was payday.  “You turn things upside down!  Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, ‘He did not make me.” Vs: 16

Think it through:

The disasters in our world comes not as God’s problems but as ours.  We are living in an evil world with evil people who are doing evil things.  The disasters come as a result of a fallen world.

The truth is, “If this is all there is, we have no hope.”  But there is hope beyond this moment!!!

Isaiah looks ahead in time to the moment when hope would arise.  “The Holy one of Israel will come.”  This hope is Jesus Christ, Isaiah 61:1.  In His coming there would be hope, “In that day the deaf will hear the words of a book, and out of the gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see.  The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among mankind shall exalt the Holy One of Israel.

Good news brothers and sisters, “The Holy One has come and He is coming again!!!”

Our response:

The one who came is calling all people to come to Him.  This is our first step beyond this moment.  When sin is removed, one can see clearly to the future.

The one who came is calling all people to serve Him.  This is our second step beyond this moment.  People who turn must in turn live for Him.

The one who came will someday come again.  This is our third step beyond this moment.  We must live with joyous anticipation looking for His return!!!

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