When life is at its hardest…When things are spiraling out of control…When the world around me seems cruel and unkind…I have to remind myself about that day. That day is coming. I do not know when, but I know it’s coming.
In that day the Branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious; And the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing for those of Israel who have escaped. – Isaiah 4:2
I am starting the new year still on my quest to read through the Bible and I am now in Isaiah. I am a huge fan of the book of Isaiah although, to be honest, I have usually focused my attention on much later chapters. However, I find myself drawn to the brief six verses of chapter 4…they talk about that day and something about it has my attention. I think it’s the romantic in me.
As little girls, we dream of princes on white horses coming in to save the day. Good always wins and we all live happily ever after. Then…we grow up and we are told that it is all make believe and life is just hard and unfair. But, that is not the whole truth. Yes, life is hard and it can be extremely unfair. However, that is not the end. As believers in Christ, we can be assured of that day. That day when there will, indeed, be a King who comes and saves the day. It is not make believe…I am a daughter of the King – a princess. I may not always feel like one, act like one or be treated like one…but there is no denying that I am royalty.
This verse tells me two things about that day.
The Branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious.
The Branch of the Lord is Christ. In Isaiah 53, it speaks about the birth of Christ…
And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him. (verse 2)
But…In that day, Christ shall be beautiful and glorious.
The fruit of the earth shall be excellent and appealing.
The fruit of the earth refers to the gospel. When Christ was on earth, He and His message were rejected time and time again. However, In that day, the gospel will be excellent and appealing.
And, as if seeing Christ in his beautiful glory and hearing the excellent gospel is not enough…
For over all the glory there will be a covering. And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, a place for refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain. – Isaiah 4:5-6
Yes…life is hard, but the King is coming.