The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; He will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD.
Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing.
This passage speaks of a time when the LORD’s great comfort and compassion for the land—for the people of Zion—will be both historically and eternally realized. It will be a time when destruction will be completely transformed into abundant life and unfailing resources of beauty and nourishment. This is God’s ultimate fulfillment of His promise to His people—to those who will be living with Him in the true and eternal Zion. I can only barely begin to imagine the incredible, glorious place to which our LORD will bring us home!
And when God’s promise is fullfilled, thanksgiving and singing will be heard…and probably a bit of dancing will be going on, too!
Although we, as God’s people of His eternal Zion, must wait in the hope of the fullness we will yet know, we need to remember that God’s comfort and compassion and transforming power is here for us right here…right now!
The love of Jesus Christ, His eternal salvation and His powerful transformation should make all the difference in our world right now!
God’s comfort and compassion should radically change each one of us as individuals…and in every relationship and circumstance of our lives. What was condemned is now forgiven! What was dead is now alive! What was broken is now healed! What was bitter is now sweet! What was weak is now strong! What was poor is now rich! What was lost is now found! What was dark is now light!
Jesus Christ changes everything! May we let Him change everything in us! Right now! And when we do, thanksgiving and singing will be heard…and probably a bit of dancing will be going on, too!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane