I've been holding off on saying something for about 42 months 'cause I didn't know if it needed to go either on our website or if there was some personal situation in the lives of people that I either knew or would eventually know that it applied to, or if it would develop in my heart into a long article or series of short articles. I guess here is as good a place as any to speak to those of you who've lost a spouse to these wars the U.S. has been having, where someone was shipped overseas and didn't come back breathing. Or to some of you that have lost a firefighter spouse or a spouse who was a police officer. Others of you may have lost a spouse in some other way, whether accidental or to disease.
I'm not going to sit here pretending your world wasn't TOTALLY DESTROYED, but Isaiah 54 from every single translation of the Bible and every single paraphrase of the Bible that you can find assures you that God has a calling on your life and that He does GO AFTER calling the broken-hearted, not just to Himself, but THROUGH HIMSELF to some grand new world that He's in the midst of Creating. It says you're established in righteousness, so you must not fear, because you're working through a Plan as a co-laborer with God that'll cause you to forget the shame of your adolescence.
It doesn't say in Isaiah 54 that He forsook you for a small moment. For a small moment the way you measured it, it was measured back to you (Mark 4:24-25). BECAUSE YOU SAID He forsook you IN THIS, He says "okay, I forsook you, but.....For a small moment I forsook you, yet with great compassions will I convene you." He has sworn off from wrath and rebuke ever being any part of your future, according to Isaiah 54 in the Concordant Literal Translation:
You measured it that He forsook you, so He said He forsook you for a small moment, but the more that's being measured back to you is "with great compassions He is convening you" into His purposes and He's just taken an oath in the Blood of Jesus, reading Isaiah 53 and 54 together, that THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN AND YOU HAVE HIS WORD ON IT!!!
Isaiah 55 is still speaking to the same purpose as the last two chapters to those who have been heart broken. The world says these things can happen to anyone, but God says you'll go out with joy and be led with peace if you'll forsake that twisted way of thinking and take His ways and thoughts that have gone forth that His Covenant of peace will not be removed from you, He bore your griefs and carried your sorrows, in righteousness you're established, forget the shame of your youth, and let's get what's been desolate rebuilt in your life and let's go further and just go ahead and fill the whole earth with it, because your maker is your spouse and He's known as the God of the whole earth through what He does in reclaiming this area of your life, THEREFORE NO WEAPON THAT IS FORMED AGAINST THIS REBUILDING IN YOUR LIFE WILL PROSPER, NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOUR FORGETTING THE SHAME OF YOUR YOUTH WILL PROSPER, NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOUR ESTABLISHMENT IN RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL PROSPER, NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST HIS DIVIDING THE SPOILS WITH YOU, IN ISAIAH 53:12, WILL EVER PROSPER, NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOUR KIDS WILL PROSPER, AND NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST THIS NEW FOUNDATION THAT HE'S BUILDING INTO YOUR LIFE THROUGH YOUR PARTNERSHIP TOGETHER WITH HIM IN THIS COVENANT OF PEACE WILL PROSPER!!
NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOUR GOING OUT WITH JOY AND BEING LED FORTH WITH PEACE WILL PROSPER, BECAUSE THIS IS HIS BLOOD SWORN OATH IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS! HE HAS GLORIFIED YOU WITH THIS COVENANT OF PEACE AND IF YOU'LL BELIEVE THIS REPORT THE ARM OF THE LORD WILL BE REVEALED IN THIS SITUATION AND IN EVERY OTHER SITUATION IN YOUR LIFE FROM NOW ON. ISAIAH 53 SAYS THE PLEASURE OF THE LORD WILL PROSPER IN HIS HAND, AND THAT PLEASURE IS HIM SHOWING HIMSELF AS THE GOD OF THE WHOLE EARTH WHERE YOU'RE CONCERNED!