God is creating something new
I will say to the prisoners, ‘Come out in freedom,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’ They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare. They will neither hunger nor thirst. The searing sun will not reach them anymore. For the Lord in his mercy will lead them; he will lead them beside cool waters. And I will make my mountains into level paths for them. The highways will be raised above the valleys. See, my people will return from far away, from lands to the north and west, and from as far south as Egypt.” Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering. Isaiah 49:9-13 NLT
God established a new covenant that was ushered in by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is through Him that people will get saved. This is what Isaiah was declaring from the text. The Lord Jesus Christ is the embodiment of God’s promise of grace to us. This is why there is no sense to let pass God’s offer for us. “Come out in freedom,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Come into the light.’ They will be my sheep, grazing in green pastures and on hills that were previously bare” (v. 9). God knows how weak our faith is. This is why He provides us with a firm assurance that He will never change. We can bank on His promise for He will never disappoint. “They will neither hunger nor thirst” (v. 10). God is serious with us and He wants us to respond in the same manner. Sin will destroy us and it is only by believing Christ that we can be restored. He wants us to be freed from the self-imposed prison we created for ourselves. All He wants is to lead us into a new way of life, experiencing His working moment by moment, helping us overcome the obstacles that we are dealing with regularly, and preparing us to a life of freedom for all eternity in His presence. This is what was given by God for Isaiah to see. God is creating something new out of the messy and chaotic life because of our continued rebellion to His will. He is providing us an alternative and anyone can be a part of His plan through Jesus Christ our Lord. “Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay” (Romans 8:18-21). The promises are for those who belong to His kingdom because they have trusted in Christ. Have you placed your trust in Christ alone for your salvation?