SUMMARY: Deserts bloom
OVERVIEW: God reverses the judgment from the previous chapter and brings blessing, strength, and beauty instead.
BIG IDEA: God will restore the land and the people.
KEY VERSE: Isaiah 35:4 (Encouragement for those who fear)
Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
Judgment is coming, but so is hope. Death is coming, but so is life. Dark days are coming, but my glory will illuminate hearts, lives, and minds. I will bring renewal and restoration. I will bring healing and love and joy and kindness. There will be days so destructive that some will be certain that they will never have hope again. But I will change that. I will bring all that you long for and love. Be encouraged and share that hope with others. No darkness will remain forever. My hand will heal and restore.
Seek me for comfort. Turn to me for relief. Cry out to me for wisdom. When you look for me, you will find me. And when you turn to the ways of the world, you will be disappointed. Let me solve the problems you have created or the ones who have found you. Don’t try to work them out on your own. Stop striving and start worshipping. I am your answer today.
Find a friend or relative who is down—or even someone you see during the day—and seek to encourage them. Ask if you can pray for them and find a practical way to make them smile with a kind word or gift.