And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation. For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even as straw is trodden down for the dunghill.Isaiah 25:9-10
Have you ever waited for something? As a kid it may have been Christmas. Maybe it was counting down to your wedding day. Maybe you couldn’t wait for the birth of a child, or for your long-distance friends or family to arrive for a vacation. We’ve all experienced the longing that grows as we wait for something.
For the believer there is a sense in which this is how we feel about God. We know that God is pleased by our faith. We know that God wants us to believe, yet we long to see him not just with the eyes of faith. We long to be in His presence. We long to be in a place where there is no more death, pain, suffering and sin. We long to be with Christ.
In verse 9 we see the people that have been saved expressing this reality. They proclaim that this God is their God. It is the God that they have waited for that is here with them, being praised, providing refuge, and destroying death.
He is providing rest, and is destroying all the enemies of God and his people. Those that seemed so powerful before (Moab) are like straw stamped down in a dunghill. They are no threat. God has provided salvation to His people and will dwell with them for eternity!
For today’s application I just want you to meditate a few moments in the hope that is inevitably found for those who believe the following verses:
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.1 Corinthians 15:20-27
The God that shall rule and reign over His enemies, that shall destroy death, that shall be praised for his provision of refuge for the weak, is the same God that wants to save us from our sin today, and then come to indwell us. If you are in Christ, then the Spirit of God is in you. This is our hope. This is our message. Consider Colossians 1:27-28.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:Colossians 1:27-28
• Are you in Christ today? Do you know Christ as your Savior? It is your only hope.
• Believer, is God ruling in you today? Where are you not submitting to God’s Spirit in your life?
• Take a few moments to rejoice in the future hope that we have in dwelling with God forever!