Hello my lurking friend,
Today a more religious post. As a former Christian Bookshop owner, I’ve had the privilege of holding antique Bible books in the palm of my hand. I still am enamored by old books to date. Their smell and the amazing craftsmanship in bookbinding they had in the old days just amazes me still. And I had the privilege to hold those beautiful old books, to read a few of them. Those old antique Bibles still have a special place in my heart. In this post, I would like to share with you a specific chapter of a book from the Bible that I hold dearly.
In a nutshell: The Bible is God’s Word, a collection of Christian scriptures, consisting of the Old and New Testaments. The Bible is filled with stories of how life began, stories of old Israel, of great men and women of God in the old days, stories of wisdom, of love, hope and truth. And, the story of our Lord and Savior, the Messiah; Jesus Christ. These stories are to enlighten us, to inform us, to comfort us and to inspire us to learn more about Who God is and what great things He has done and can do for us today.
There are several books in the Bible that I enjoy to read over and over. I love Genesis, Exodus, The book of Job, the Psalms, The Book of John and of Corinthian. Just to name a few. I love the entire Bible, really. But these are books I tend to read more than others.
And then there’s The book of Isaiah. I just love reading the book of Isaiah. There’s this specific Bible chapter that gets to me every time I read it.
There was a time when I was really in a down point in my life. The Christian bookshop I owned wasn’t going too well. I made some really bad decisions in those days. And because of those bad decisions, I had lost everything you could imagine; my family and most of my friends had deserted me, my store went bankrupt and eventually I ended up on the streets without a place to go. I ended up in a dark place filled with addiction and depression and barely had food to eat. You could say that it was a pretty difficult time for me.
In those times, you’d think I’d lose my faith in God. And I must admit that I’ve expressed my anger and disappointment to God in those days. I’ve yelled and cried out to Him in those days of trouble. Then one morning, after a night of sleeping in a deserted factory that a hobo friend of mine had squatted, I opened my Bible and ended up reading Isaiah 54.
This one particular chapter of the book Isaiah was just what I needed; The Lord God confessing His love to a people who thought He had forgotten them. He speaks to them as if they were His beloved, His wife. Whenever I get lonely and read this chapter of Isaiah, I feel so wonderful. For it is wonderful to know that my Maker has compassion over me and that He goes wherever I go.
Just read it yourself. May it bless you and comfort you. May His gracious Face shine upon you and give you peace while you read this chapter.
1“Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child;
Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed;
For the sons of the desolate one will be more numerous
Than the sons of the married woman,” says the LORD.
2“Enlarge the place of your tent;
Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not;
Lengthen your cords
And strengthen your pegs.
3“For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left.
And your descendants will possess nations
And will resettle the desolate cities.
4“Fear not, for you will not be put to shame;
And do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced;
But you will forget the shame of your youth,
And the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5“For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the LORD of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.
6“For the LORD has called you,
Like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Even like a wife of one’s youth when she is rejected,”
Says your God.
7“For a brief moment I forsook you,
But with great compassion I will gather you.
8“In an outburst of anger
I hid My face from you for a moment,
But with everlasting loving-kindness I will have compassion on you,”
Says the LORD your Redeemer.
9“For this is like the days of Noah to Me,
When I swore that the waters of Noah
Would not flood the earth again;
So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you
Nor will I rebuke you.
10“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But My loving-kindness will not be removed from you,
And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,”
Says the LORD who has compassion on you.
11“O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.
12“Moreover, I will make your battlements of rubies,
And your gates of crystal,
And your entire wall of precious stones.
13“All your sons will be taught of the LORD;
And the well-being of your sons will be great.
14“In righteousness you will be established;
You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear;
And from terror, for it will not come near you.
15“If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me.
Whoever assails you will fall because of you.
16“Behold, I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals
And brings out a weapon for its work;
And I have created the destroyer to ruin.
17“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper;
And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.
The Lord bless you and keep you. May He shine His face upon you. May He be gracious unto you and yours and give you peace throughout the days of your life.
God bless you