Sorrow and Sighing

Today’s devotion from Isaiah 33-35.

A man with multiple houses rents a hotel room. A man with all the pleasures this life has to offer took up a hobby. A man who we know so very little about, pulled the trigger and killed 59 who were known so very well by their families and friends.

I wish this were the only tragedy being spoken about in our media. Turkey and the US are experiencing tension, and North Korean relations are devolving steadily. A worship service in Tennessee was interrupted by gunfire. An international student is missing and may never be found, leaving a family with questions that will haunt them for the rest of their lives. And so on, and so on, and so on.

What kind of a world do we live in?

We live in a world that is broken by sin. We live in a world that is being ripped apart by selfish greed and ambition. We live in a world that is being wrecked by those confused by darkness. We live in a world desperately in need of redemption.

God’s message through Isaiah is that, one day, God’s people will experience this redemption. There will be a day when the people of God rejoice in the presence of God with singing and unending joy. “Joy and gladness will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee.” (Isaiah 35:10, CSB)

This is the endgame. Our personal salvation is only a small part of God’s ultimate plan. The work He is sovereignly accomplishing is not just personally important, but is expansive. He will reclaim all of creation. He will restore perfection to His design. He will do all of this, and nothing will stop Him.

Pray for the work of the Lord to be completed. Pray for healing and restoration. Yes, pray for all of this, but don’t stop there. Do something about it. Spread the hope of the gospel to those who need it most. Demonstrate restoration in your home and community. Don’t let the world see only sorrow and sighing. Let them see the foreshadowing of sorrow and sighing flee. Let the world see a little glimpse of the joy He has promised.