Making a Difference

by Gina Caswell Kelly

Isaiah 54:10-13 says:

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet My unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor My covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

“‘Afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I will rebuild you with stones of turquoise, your foundations with lapis. I will make your shield of rubies, and your gates of sparkling jewels and all your walls of precious stones.

“All you children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.”

This is a longer passage than I would normally use, but it really speaks to what I want to say. We all go through times when we feel as though the mountains are shaking around us. We feel like we are lashed by storms and sometimes even feel as though we are without comfort. But, notice what God says in the middle of that part. He promises that His unfailing love for us will not be shaken and His covenant of peace will be honored. He assures us that He is with us through all these things that feel like they are going to just tear us apart. He is there. He is not shaken.

But, my favorite part of this comes next, and I think this is a part that people don’t often look at or maybe understand. Granted, someone else’s interpretation of this may be different than mine, but here is what I see.

When Isaiah begins to talk about the stones of turquoise and the foundations of lapis, the battlements of rubies and the gates of sparkling jewels and walls of precious stones, I think God is making a huge promise. Do you currently have foundations and walls of precious stones? Do you have a gate of sparkling jewels? What I see in this is that, after all the shaking and all the storms and the uncertainty, God promises us a “better than ever.” I see in this that He is not just giving us a promise to not withhold His unfailing love. He is also making a promise that things will be better than ever!

I don’t think He is making a promise of prosperity as some evangelists wrongly preach, in my opinion. I do think He is promising us that when we put our trust in Him and we follow Him as best we can, what we will find is that His plan for our lives is better than anything we could have ever dreamed up on our own. That He has amazing things waiting for us, when we choose to walk His path. Oh sure, times will still be tough on occasion. Difficulties will still come, but following the Father will assure us that there are better times down the road. Always. And, if we don’t see those better times here, we, who have accepted God’s Son as the Savior and Lord of our lives, will see all the beauty He mentions in this verse when we greet Him face to face.

And the last part of this should serve as a command for us in these trying times. “All your children will be taught by the Lord, and great will be their peace.” Do not neglect to teach your children to follow God. Don’t you want more for them than you can imagine? Don’t you want their lives to be lived in peace?

Following God through the shaking hills and stormy paths will always make the difference!

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