“and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.
Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” (Isaiah 35:10)
We need a Climate Change! The present climate of sinfulness does not nurture life in abundance! (Jesus said he came that we may have life in abundance! John 10:10)
Changing the present climate is more than recycling or saving energy responsibly! It means to ‘recycle’ our lives, return to God in repentance, seeking His salvation through Jesus Christ. That will change the ‘climate’ of our thinking, acting, behaving, living. That will affect how we relate to God, to each other, and to his creation too!
That will mean we will walk on a new highway, the Way of Holiness (Isaiah 35:8). Following God’s way in Jesus we have a straight highway even in the most difficult conditions. A Highway that leads to safety, abundance, and life!
“No lion will be there, nor will any ferocious beast get up on it” writes Isaiah (Isaiah 35:9) – the people of God will be in safety under God’s cover, on his highway. There is safety there from the devil that prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8).
God’s Climate Change in Jesus is not temporary, transient. We have God’s faithful promise that the ransomed of the LORD will enter Zion with singing, everlasting joy will crown their heads that will not fade or wear out! (Isaiah 35:10). Jesus’ salvation affects the whole of creation!
God’s promises will be fulfilled. God will not only help us through hardships and difficulties here and now but will carry us into His eternal Kingdom of joy and glory.
I love this picture of Isaiah here in chapter 35. Read it again from beginning to end, to encourage you and fill you with home. We struggle through a desert land, in adverse climate conditions. But those who choose the way of the Lord, those who come to Jesus, experience the climate change the Lord works out in their hearts. Their sorrow and sighing is taken over by the gladness and joy of the Lord, which will be their strength.