1 Get up, get up!; put on your strength, Zion! Put on the clothes that show your beauty, Jerusalem, city of holiness; because the uncircumcised and the unclean will not keep entering you any longer. 2 Shake yourself free from that dust! Rise up; sit, Jerusalem! Free yourselves from the bonds around your neck, captive daughter of Zion! 3 Because this is what Yahveh says: “You were sold for nothing, and you will be redeemed without money.” 4 Because this is what the Lord Yahveh says: “My people went down to Egypt in the beginning, to live as aliens there, and Assyria oppressed him for no reason. 5 And now what do I have here?” Yahveh declares, “because my people are taken for no reason. Its rulers howl,” Yahveh declares–“and my name is being despised continually, all day. 6 For this reason, my people will know my name, for this reason, in that day, that I am the reason. Look at me.
he is the reason
Isaiah’s people could look in their past and see all kinds of events that happened for no apparent reason. He assures them that the LORD was about to do something for a reason, and the LORD is the reason.
Many bad things have happened to you – or are maybe now happening. I cannot promise you that all those things are going to work out for your good unless the LORD is in your life. But if you are a believer in Christ, I can promise you that God wants to do something extraordinary with your life. He is the reason. Surrender to his desire for you.
LORD, come and make a permanent difference in our lives. We need you.