As a humble five year old, I believed that anything was possible. My faith in God was absolute, and in turn, I knew that I could accomplish anything because my God was with me. With age, I’ve learned to underestimate what is possible. It’s a painful character flaw. If my life were an ancient literary epic, you might even call it my tragic flaw. Thankfully, Isaiah comes and proclaims redemption. We all need redemption and we all need God.
I spent all of my youth seeking after God’s heart so that I could know all that was possible through Him. I was desperate for Him, and I sought after Him. As Christians, this is the most beautiful place to be - utterly desperate for God. We learn to love Him in that place and obey Him. Once we learn to love God and obey God, look what is possible.
God will . . .
- heal for the broken hearted (Isaiah 61:1)
- free prisoners from darkness (Isaiah 61:1)
- replace mourning with gladness (Isaiah 61:3)
- relieve despair and elevate praise (Isaiah 61:3)
- rebuild the ancient ruins (Isaiah 61:4)
- rename Jerusalem Hephzibah (Isaiah 62:4)
It is easy to read these feats flippantly, and pass right over them. Think about it - no, meditate on it - God WILL heal the broken hearted. God WILL rebuild the ruins. God WILL free prisoners from darkness. Even in the blackest of night, all things are possible with God. ALL things.
Even as I falter and begin to underestimate what is possible, God seeks after me. He reminds me of what is possible. He reminds me that my heart is really for Him. He steps into this space and reminds me that I am sought after.
“They will be called the Holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called Sought After, the City No Longer Deserted.” (Isaiah 62:12)