“Comfort, comfort my people,” says your God. “Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the Lord has punished her twice over for all her sins.” Isaiah 40:1-2
Yes, our nation is in trouble we have moved far away from God and everything is falling apart. In this scripture in Isaiah, God is telling the people that there is hope. There is hope for your nation. Just as I believe that there is hope for our nation.
Jerusalem was destroyed. The majority of the Jewish population lived in exile in Babylon. Yahweh, the God of Israel, appeared to have gone down to defeat by the Babylonian army and their gods. What hope did the Jews have? They still had God. Judgement was not God’s last word to His people. In the preceding verse, God laid out the reasons for His judgement. Then He came with a word of comfort to His people. This word of comfort is hope. Our hope is in God. There is no other hope that we have
“When belief in God becomes difficult, the tendency is to turn away from Him; but in heaven’s name to what?” (G.K. Chesterton)