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Gloom: Not forever

" But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious.." Isaiah. 9:1 (NASB)

Summery: - The land of Zebulun and Naphtali suffered much at the hand of the invaders. They were the first to be assaulted by the enemies. For many years after the attack their sufferings continued. They were gripped by darkness, blindness and fear. John. 1:46; 7:52.

Even in such extreme pathetic condition, Godís gracious promise is that their gloom will not be forever. In the following versus Isaiah elaborated those promises.

        Their darkness will be turned to light. Instead of destruction they will see development. Sorrow will be replaced with joy. They will be delivered from their bondage. No more shame but glory unspeakable.

       Remember, Israel and Judah were reaping the consequences of their own evil, disobedient life. Yet the Lord is having mercy on them.

        What a comfort it should give to our heart that God graciously tells us that our gloom will not be forever. Even in His wrath He is compassionate; He knows our state and consoles us. He does chastise His people for their rebellion, yet He doesnít forget them. He will never abandon them whom He has chosen.

       What about us? Around seven hundred and fifty years after Isaiah wrote these verses, the blessed Lord Jesus Christ visited this very place. Mathew quoted this portion of Isaiah to present the result of that visit. Matthew. 4:13ó15. Of course, the ultimate fulfillment of these promises will take place in the glorious appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. But those who accept Him as saviour and Lord have the privilege to experience this joy, freedom and glory even today.

Beloved, In Christ be sure, your gloom will not be forever. Trust Him and obey Him.
Wait patiently for His time.

NTK


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