Many of those who made commitments as children have abandoned any sense of faith.
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make … her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her.Isaiah 51:3
If God’s people are Zion, then Zion is currently in ruins. However, we sense that the Lord has begun a new work. This can seem little comfort when we look at where we have come from.
look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.Isaiah 51:2
Our culture believes that to build, you need a large base. Our Lord specialises in building from the least.
My righteousness draws near speedily, my salvation is on the way …. The islands will look to me and wait in hope for my arm.Isaiah 51:5
Our restoration does not begin by discovering the right formula, but through putting our trust and hope in Jesus.
Awake, awake, arm of the Lord, clothe yourself with strength!Isaiah 51:9
We begin with people calling on the Lord to awake. That sounds a little strange, that we would need to awaken him who never slumbers, but this is the cry of a desperate people who are desperate to see the Lord working.