It couldn’t get any worse. Judah had just been defeated by Damascus followed by the Northern Kingdom of Israel. They’ve been raided by the Philistines and Edomites. They were led by Ahaz, one of the worst kings of Judah. “The Lord humbled Judah because of Ahaz king of Israel, for he had bought about a lack of restraint in Judah and was very unfaithful to the Lord.” (2 Chronicles 28:19)
Things could not get worse. These were bleak, frightful days. In this context, the Lord sent Isaiah (Isaiah 7). In this context the Lord also spoke to Isaiah about the future (Isa. 8-9).
In the midst of great darkness there is hope! Isaiah wrote, “The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them….For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6-7)
Our world has grown dark. Evil is all around. Things are bleak. But the Promise is for us today as it was for Judah in Ahaz’s day. Our hope is in the promise of our risen King who is coming again.
Take some time the thank the Lord for His coming, His redeeming you and giving you hope in His coming again as He promised.
Maranatha (Come Lord Jesus),