Reading: Isaiah 52: 7-10
Verse Ten: “All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God”.
Isaiah writes to a people who are broken, bringing them words of hope and good news. Our passage opens with, “How beautiful on the mountain are the feet of those who bring good news”. In our brokenness, we too need to hear good news from God. It is in those moments that perhaps we hear best what God has to reveal to us. We are receptive and we are searching for something to bring us hope and joy. So, in a way, at times we would rewrite this verse to say, “How beautiful in the valleys…”
Isaiah speaks to his people of hope through God and salvation through the Lord. Isaiah speaks of a time when they are no longer in exile, of a time when Zion will once again be home. When we share the gospel of Jesus Christ with one living in ‘exile’ we also invite them to live into the hope that Jesus gives and to see a time when God redeems and restores them. In sharing the gospel and our love, we too will help others begin to sing “songs of joy” as God begins to work in their lives, bringing hope, redemption, and liberation from their brokenness.
As faithful followers of Jesus Christ we have many experiences where God has become present to us in our lives. We have these tangible moments that we treasure; we cling to these experiences in times of trial and testing. These are the nuggets we must mine and share with others who are where we have been. It is those stories of when God rescued us from the pit or when God healed our brokenness or when God redeemed us from our sinful ways that help others to see that God could make a difference in their lives too. It is one way that God calls us to be actively engaged in our broken and hurting world. It is our call. Our passage today concludes with, “All the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God”. May we each be a part of helping those we engage to see this too.