Today's devotion from Isaiah 24 and 25.
After so much time warning about the mistake of placing trust in others, we receive a prophetic message of triumph. This is what will be said on that day when God's protection and provision become apparent to the people. We see a listing of great and good things that will cause the people to rejoice. They will praise God for His plans formed long ago. They will rejoice in His work of reducing enemy cities to rubble. They will worship because He has been a solid and steadfast fortress even as their enemies' breath was against their walls like the winds of the storm. They will exalt God as they join in a celebration feast. He has destroyed even death itself. This is what salvation looks like.
Then we read, "On that day it will be said, 'Look, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he has saved us. This the LORD; we have waited for him. Let us rejoice and be glad in his salvation." (Isaiah 25:9, CSB) This verse is beautiful and powerful. They recognize the hand of God. They recognize their place in waiting and His place in working. And they recognize His faithfulness to do all that He has promised.
When God does what only God can do, it is recognized by those who have been looking for it. He alone could accomplish what is described in this chapter. The prophet's message here encourages people to not settle for something they could do apart from God. Sure, they could have probably accomplished a few things, but they could never do what God had planned for them.
So, what do we do? We wait. We recognize that it is our place to wait on God to work as only He can. There are things we are do occupy ourselves with while we wait, like living faithfully, but ultimately we simply need to wait for Him to move as only He can. Waiting is hard, but we can trust God. He fulfills His promises.
Do you have a hard time waiting? Do you find it difficult to trust? He is worth it. He is worthy of your faith. He is worthy of your patience. He is worthy of your devotion. So, wait for Him.