God continues to reveal His displeasure with His people through the prophet, Isaiah. His focus is on Jerusalem, the great city of David. It is the heart of Jewish worship at this juncture in human history, and it will be destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in the near future. Yahweh prepares His people for the coming destruction, but once again, they do not listen. Their hearts and minds are tuned to other gods and not interested in a prophet's words. Their religious activity and wisdom is worthless, because they are choosing to walk in sin and not as God's sacred people. Destruction is coming, but God also reveals a day when people will return to the Lord, and He will show them so much more than they could imagine. This prophecy could be linked to seventy years after the captivity or it could be linked to the End Times when Jesus will rule on the earth for 1000 years. In either case, it provides something the Jews are currently missing: hope! A day is coming when God will once again intervene for His people. He will provide for their needs and protect them from the enemies that want to destroy them. He will be their one and only God, and they will be His people. Do you have hope today? We have people in our church who have been sick for long periods of time and some who are at death's door, where is their hope? Their hope is not in this life, but in the one to come. Life on earth can be wonderful in one season and difficult in the next. We have no guarantees of good health or of wealth or of job security. Our hope cannot rest in this earthly life; it must rest in eternity. Where does my hope come from? It comes from the Creator of the heavens and the earth who sent His Son to be the perfect sacrifice for my sins and for yours. He is my hope! Do you have hope today?

Help me, Lord, to celebrate the hope I find only in You. Help me to find that hope in Your promises for the future even as I hurt and suffer in the present.