“For the palace is forsaken, the populace city deserted; the hill and the watchtower will become dens forever, a joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks; until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field. And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” Isaiah 32:14-17
There are so many areas to which this could apply. The need for an outpouring of God’s Spirit. The need for renewal, for peace, for righteousness and quietness and trust. We see the need in the wickedness of the world. We see it in the decadence of our society. We see it in the apathy of our churches. We see it in the places of complacency in our own heart, in wounds and disappointments that haunt our soul.
When faced with wilderness, with a landscape on any scale that seems impossibly desolate, we can lose hope that anything can change. The thought of renewal, of any remarkable shift, looks like a dream. But look at how the landscape in this passage is dramatically changed: “The wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.” Justice dwells here. Righteousness abides and brings about peace, quietness and trust forever. Not because the people analyzed the situation and did what they needed to correct it. But because the Spirit of God was poured out. It’s His Spirit that makes all the difference, and only His Spirit that can.
So what does this mean for us? It means hope. Hope in the midst of impossible situations. Hope in a place of complete desolation and barrenness. We have hope that regardless of what we see or understand, God can turn everything around. He can transform it into fruitfulness and glorious abundance. When He pours His Spirit into our heart, into our churches, into the lives and circumstances of His people, things change. Because He is that great. He is that powerful. And He is that faithful. When we seek His face, He will not fail to show up. He will not withhold His Spirit from those who truly, wholeheartedly seek Him. He will come in glory, bringing healing and peace, singing over us in quiet love, and we will be transformed.
Whatever you face today, I pray that You will seek our precious Lord’s face, asking Him to pour His Spirit upon your situation, upon your family, upon your heart. Ask Him to show Himself strong for you as you wait for Him, to show Himself faithful and true, and to strengthen you in the waiting. Then watch in eager anticipation for Him to come through.