By: Sinclaire Davis
“Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who have an anxious heart, ‘Be strong; fear not! Behold your God will come with vengeance with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.’” “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” – Isaiah 35:3-4, 10
Isaiah is a prophetic book that tells of the coming of the Messiah. As the life of Jesus is outlined in the Gospels, we see that what Isaiah prophesied came true. The people who would have heard the prophecies of Isaiah were longing for a Savior. As a people waiting for Christ to return and make things new, we can relate to the experience of anxious waiting. Our current cultural state makes that abundantly clear.
Corona virus in our communities is one stark example. Normal day to day thoughts have been replaced with an intense desire to Clorox your entire house and wash your hands every 15 minutes. There is an anxious tone to everyone’s words rooted in helplessness. A need for something bigger than ourselves is becoming evident. Even if we get a hold of the Corona virus and it fades away, as seems likely, there could be another disease or disaster to come that we couldn’t contain. The words of Mark Oden, Italy based pastor, reminded me what we are really up against when he said, “Our species, according to Jesus, lives in the grip of a pandemic outbreak called sin. What is your hope in the face of that virus?” Our world is infected with sin, it’s the root of the disease and brokenness we face. Humans have no hope of controlling this present brokenness outside of God’s aid. As we sit in a time of waiting–for the Corona virus to be contained and for Christ to return–the words of Isaiah 35 bring us back to our present hope.
We can cry out to God and ask Him to strengthen us when we are weak. Ask him to make our feeble knees firm in prayer. My prayer is that the Lord would use this time of panic to draw people to Himself. Also, that gospel truths would reign over the fear in the hearts and minds of people in our world and communities. We all have our own anxieties and fears but, there is a day coming where Christ will return to reconcile all of Creation and brokenness will be no more. The virus of sin will be defeated once and for all!