by Carolyn Hope
The Lord will comfort Israel again and have pity on her ruins. Her desert will blossom like Eden, her barren wilderness like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found there. Songs of thanksgiving will fill the air. (Isaiah 51:3)
Here in Isaiah 51, we see the future restoration of Israel. God will take the dry places and turn them into lush gardens. It will be a place of joy and gladness, and the sound of thanksgiving will permeate the skies.
There’s a depth of gratitude unlike any other found in restoration. I believe this is so because when you’ve seen how bad things can be, and God turns those circumstances around for good, you understand more fully the beauty of His work. Intrinsically, we are more grateful when we consider where we used to be and contrast it with our present blessings and transformation.
God is a good God. He redeems and restores. He takes orphans and makes them sons and daughters. He takes wretchedness and turns it into holiness. When He sees darkness, He speaks light. Contemplate your life, past and present, and you’ll see Jesus’ restoration as a pivotal part of your story. God will always restore; let’s thank Him for that.Like what you've read? Receive free email updates from The Voice Online: Subscribe