February 3, 2016

Isaiah 27:1-13

“Stay the course. He is our hope. He will bring us home.”

As we have stated before, the theme for this section of Isaiah is “Stay the Course.” In today’s chapter, Isaiah assures those who trust in the One, True and Living God that he will destroy evil and bring us home. It will not be easy. In fact, it will be hard. There are always obstacles in the way. Isaiah’s language warns of monsters. A Leviathan was an ancient symbol of evil. Evil exists. We can be reminded of that every day if we turn on the 24/7 cable news cycle. It is easy to get discouraged. Isaiah, however, reminds us that no matter how dark the day may seem, God promises to bring us home—if we stay the course. The victory is ours if we remain faithful and stay the course.

Seventy years ago on June 6, 1944, the best of the best landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to free a continent from evil. It took those young men several days to secure the beachhead and gain a foothold. Once that occurred, victory was fixed. It wasn’t easy. It remained difficult. There were hard and difficult days ahead. But even the German generals knew their country was doomed. The “monster” was defeated. It took almost a year but victory came.

In life, we face difficulties, disappointments, and “monsters”—even some of our own making. Isaiah lived and served on one side of the cross. You and I live and serve on the other, but the promise is the same:

“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brothers (and sisters), be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:57-58).

Isaiah and Paul agree: Stay the course and God will bring us home.