Isaiah 54:11-17 Living Bible Translation
11 O my afflicted people, tempest-tossed and troubled, I will rebuild you on a foundation of sapphires and make the walls of your houses from precious jewels. 12 I will make your towers of sparkling agate and your gates and walls of shining gems. 13 And all your citizens shall be taught by me, and their prosperity shall be great. 14 You will live under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away; you will live in peace. Terror shall not come near. 15 If any nation comes to fight you, it will not be sent by me to punish you. Therefore, it will be routed, for I am on your side. 16 I have created the smith who blows the coals beneath the forge and makes the weapons of destruction. And I have created the armies that destroy. 17 But in that coming day, no weapon turned against you shall succeed, and you will have justice against every courtroom lie. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. This is the blessing I have given you, says the Lord.
When reading the metaphorical details of this splendid prose, we must read slowly or more than once to grasp the richness of God’s blessings. “But in that coming day,” refers to the time in which God decides to deal with the evil coming from His enemies. And “heritage of the servants of the Lord,” meaning those of us who follow Jesus, our blessing is eternal life when we love God more than we love ourselves.
My bottom line is this:
As a believer, this passage from Isaiah gives me hope for our country, because the Bible is eternally applicable for every moment of our lives. And God watches out for us now — just as He did then. And to those who might be thinking, “Well He isn’t watching out for us right now,” please put the blame on murderous people who use their positions of power to destroy humanity as God intended.