Recently I have found great rest in three words repeated often so far in my reading of Isaiah, a book that has some rather unsettling scenes. They appear at some of the most unsettling moments for me as I read of God’s wrath and justice. Suddenly, there they are, right in the context of great turmoil and upheaval. And just as suddenly, I find myself longing for fulfillment of that deep desire that has gnawed at man’s soul since separation from his Creator – and hope stirs in me.
In that day…
In that day the Lord of Heaven’s Armies
will spread a wonderful feast
for all the people of the world.
It will be a delicious banquet
with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat.
There he will remove the cloud of gloom,
the shadow of death that hangs over the earth.
He will swallow up death forever!
The Sovereign Lord will wipe away all tears.
He will remove forever all insults and mockery
against his land and people.
The Lord has spoken!
In that day the people will proclaim,
“This is our God!
We trusted in him, and he saved us!
This is the Lord, in whom we trusted.
Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!”
Isaiah 25:6-9 (New Living Translation)