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Isaiah 54: 4-5 ” Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is His name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.”

If you’ve lost a spouse or gone through a divorce…you know exactly how it feels.  The loneliness and isolation are only compounded by the awkwardness of well-meaning friends.  Add to that the strict view of some Churches on divorce…you may have even been asked to leave your Church family all together.  So you try to cope with your loss as best as you can…struggling with fear and depression and feelings of self-defeat and failure.  But Isaiah is telling you here that your Creator, God Almighty,  is your husband (or spouse).  He is your Kinsman-Redeemer with a covenantal tie of love and loyalty only to you.  With God as your husband,  there’s no room anymore for those negative emotions of loss, shame, or rejection to fill your mind.  Yes, you may not be married in the legal sense…but you are espoused by a loving and faithful God.

Isaiah 1:2 ” Hear, O heavens! Listen, O earth! I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against Me.”

Rebellion is not a learned behavior…we are hard-wired to be defiant.  Just ask any mom contending with her toddler!  With independence and autonomy comes rebellion and disobedience.  Fast forward to adulthood and we see people resisting and defying authority everyday…refusing to accept  what they perceive as control over themselves.  For many, this extends  into their view of who God is and the refusal to accept Him, His laws, and His correction.  Rebellion against God is futile vanity that will only lead to judgment someday.

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.’ “

The verse written here was the fulfillment of prophecy first spoken by the prophet Isaiah, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)   Jesus was the embodiment of light and truth, and His message still rings true today…”Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

Isaiah 35:8 ” And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness. The unclean will not journey on it; it will be for those who walk in that Way; wicked fools will not go about on it.”

So what exactly is “the Way” and holiness mean to you?  Is it being committed to the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind?  Is it a way of life that exemplifies Godly actions and behaviors?  The Way is a Highway…a road less traveled by most, but a life-long journey for the upright.

I Chronicles 16:23 ” Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim His salvation day after day.”

When was the last time you actually thanked God for saving you?  When was the last time you expressed profound gratitude and appreciation  for delivering your soul from the guilt and punishment of sin?  If it’s been a while, then take the time right now to stop and thank Him.  But as important… when was the last time you told someone else about Jesus?   Isaiah 52:7 exclaims, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, ‘Your God reigns!”  Telling someone the Good News of Jesus isn’t hard if you can imagine it this way…you’re simply a beggar telling another beggar where they can get bread.

Isaiah 45:22 ” Turn to Me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

Come back to Me,  says the Lord.   Isaiah 44:22 says, “Return to Me, for I have redeemed you”.  The Lord Jesus Christ is our Kinsman Redeemer…our Savior, and redeemer of our souls.

Isaiah 12:4 ” Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.”

We tend to thank God when good things happen…when prayers are answered or people are healed.  But what about when things aren’t so good?  Can we still find gratitude within  pain and sorrow?  Can we be like Job, who after losing everything near and dear to him, exclaimed,” The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, may the name of the Lord be praised.”   Expressing gratitude to God within the storm moves our eyes off the chaos  around us and focuses it on above.