The best is yet to come
They will call you the City of the Lord, and Zion of the Holy One of Israel. “Though you were once despised and hated, with no one traveling through you, I will make you beautiful forever, a joy to all generations...You will know at last that I, the Lord, am your Savior and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Israel. I will exchange your bronze for gold, your iron for silver, your wood for bronze, and your stones for iron. I will make peace your leader and righteousness your ruler. Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there. Isaiah 60:14-18 NLT
From the text, Isaiah continues to describe the beauty and glory of the Lord’s kingdom. Those who made the decision to belong to God’s kingdom by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior will no longer be abandoned and forsaken. They will never be in need any more of anything for the Lord will nourish them. At last, they will experience the presence of the Lord, Savior, and Redeemer for they will see Him face to face. The One who revealed Himself to Jacob, the patriarch, will be before them. The faith that was used by God so they will profess Jesus as Lord and Savior have enabled them to follow God faithfully until the end. God’s kingdom will be filled with peace, righteousness, salvation and praise. “Violence will disappear from your land; the desolation and destruction of war will end. Salvation will surround you like city walls, and praise will be on the lips of all who enter there” (Isaiah 60:18). God’s people were saved not because of their greatness but to show to the world the greatness of God as they live their lives for His glory. “God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29). God is preparing to give the best for us when He returns. Isaiah’s invitation is for us to seek the Lord while we still have time. “Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously” (Isaiah 55:6-7).