Unexpected

I love the way God works in crazy and unexpected ways. He is the inventor of the underdog, the power behind the superhero, the One who makes “silly” dreams come true.

Isaiah 54, of course, comes right after Isaiah 53. The “shout for joy, O barren one” of chapter 54 comes right after the “He bore the sin of many” in chapter 53. The idea is simply this: Once Christ has accomplished His work in behalf of all sinners, there is reason to get excited because God will work in new and mind-blowing ways. Take a quick look at what this looks like in this passage:

Verse 54:1, “Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith Jehovah.”

This verse is written in a Hebrew nuance giving us the sense that those who have experienced numbing disappointment in life–those that are considered inferior–are the ones who God will bless in unexpected ways in the New Kingdom economy.

Verse 2, “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations; spare not: lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.”

Using the imagery of the Old Testament home, God is telling His people to take concrete actions of faith to prepare for what He’s going to do–in this case, they better make their houses bigger because they’ll need it.

Verse 3, “For thou shalt spread abroad on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall possess the nations, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.”

God intends for His “blessed ones” to infiltrate the earth. Scripture is emphasizing the fact that God blesses us to bless others — He rescues us so that we become rescuers!

  • If you feel inferior for any reason, this is a passage of great hope and promise for you.
  • If you believe God wants to do something significant in your life, take concrete action so that God’s blessings can be received and utilized when they come.
  • If you have been blessed, don’t you dare get the idea it’s just for you to enjoy. You must go and infiltrate the earth so that others can have what you have.