Israel, the nation, was not healthy. Her founding fathers held to godly principles but they were not valued in Isaiah’s time and this abandonment was having its due effect. Scoffing, arrogant evil plotting, and outright lying dominated the times and people of authority perverted righteousness. God said to the people of Israel, hold on. In God’s timing justice will come. “My people will no longer be ashamed or turn pale with fear. For when they see their many children and all the blessings I have given them, they will recognize the holiness of the Holy One of Israel. They will stand in awe of the God of Jacob.” God extends hope that the wayward and the confused and the complainers will gain instruction and understanding.
Is He still waiting all these years later for humanity to humbly come to Him? So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are all those who wait for his help. God waits for us. We are not fully grown spiritually. We often demand immediate justice; we do not want to wait for God to administer it. But when we wait, trusting Him, we are blessed. Stand in awe and recognize God for His many blessings; wait for Him to deliver justice and with open hands and hearts receive His compassion.
This is easier to write than to do, but life is better when individuals and groups are restored to a vibrant and healthy relationship with Holy God. Because growth is a process, restoration takes place on one level, and that new rebuild then prepares us to see where more renovation is needed. Our hearts are complex and our faithful God is compassionate. Let’s keep growing, for He is willing to help us.