by Ami Hendrickson
“Then the LORD’s ransomed ones will return, and come with singing to Zion; and everlasting joy will be on their heads. They will obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”
“Promises, promises,” people say when they hear something they consider too good to be true.
“I’ll never lie again.” “I’m going to buy you a pony.” “I’m going to graduate at the top of my class…”
Often, we make promises that – even with the best of intentions – we are unable to keep. We falter. We fail.
Not so with God.
Today’s verse is taken from Isaiah 35, an entire chapter of promises. These aren’t your average promises, either. No. There are over 25 hard-hitting, all-encompassing, major promises that only God could make:
The desert will bloom (verse 1). God will save the fearful (verse 4). The blind will see! The deaf will hear (verse 5)! The lame will leap and those without a voice will sing (verse 6)!
Best of all, those who follow God will be saved. They will walk on the Holy Way – a path only for them, which the wicked people cannot travel (verse 8). And the redeemed will sing, for sadness and sighing will be gone forever (verse 10). This is as much a promise as any other. You can cling to it. You can count on it.
Because when God makes a promise, He keeps it!
Thank You for the blessing of life.
Please help me to cling to Your promises, for I know that You will never make a promise You do not intend to keep.
I ask this in Jesus’s Holy Name, Amen.