One day, God saw Zion in distress, and decided to step in. And in Isaiah 54, He likens this Zion to a barren woman. Now, barrenness symbolizes: Fruitless, Lack of ideas, Unproductive… Simply put; when you are barren, you tend to put more effort, and get very little (if any) in return.
- You work hard on your business, and in marketing it, but it’s still not flourishing- Barrenness!
- You have kept yourself pure, waiting for your partner, but still, no marriage- Barrenness!
- You put more effort than others in studying; but still cant pass this subject- Barrenness!
- You have seen every good Gynecologist you know, but still no pregnancy- Barrenness!
- You fasted for years to get rid of this recurring sin, but it’s still persisting- Barrenness!
So, let’s see how the LORD deals with this barrenness when He steps in…
Isaiah 54: 1 (NIV)- The Future Glory Of Zion
I deliberately included this heading because the fact that the bible says The future glory of Zion suggests to me that at this particular time, Zion does not have this glory. And this is probably the cause of her distress. The word glory is a translation of a Hebrew word ‘kabod’ which, originally, means ‘heavy-weight’. So, Zion does not have heavy-weight status at the moment.
She is barren; and yet, the Lord starts this session with the strangest instruction. He says… Wait for it… Verse 1 (a)- Sing O barren woman…burst into a song, shout for joy… Now, God; how do you expect Lady Zion to shout for joy when she is fruitless and has no plan? I mean, only people whose lives are together should sing for joy; not the unproductive ones!
But God still says: “In the midst of your barrenness; I want you to continue rejoicing!” “In the midst of your mess; cry if you need to; but don’t stop singing a song of worship unto Me!” Does this make God insensitive? Not at all! …for we do not have a high Priest who is unable to sympathize… Hebrews 4:15. So, before you decide to get angry with God, listen to the reason He gives for His suggestion:
Verse 1 (b)- because more
will be are the children of the desolate woman…
You see, God is Omnipresent! That means He is present in all tenses- Past, Present, and Future tense, that’s why… He calleth those things which be not as though they were- Romans 4:17(KJV)
What we call our future is actually His present, so when He says…because more ARE…, He can-at that moment- see the children He is talking about. So, He expects you to trust Him; that’s why He says: “In the midst of your failure, keep your faith and smile”. “Guard against panicking. Align your faith with what I am telling you!” Sing O barren woman because more ARE...