“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness and who seek the LORD: Look to the rock from which you were cut and to the quarry from which you were hewn; look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many. The LORD will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the LORD. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. Isaiah 51:1-3
This must have been bitter sweet to the exiles. They are defeated and taken captives, exiled from their homeland. Jerusalem is a distant memory. Yet God tells them He hasn’t forgotten them nor Jerusalem. The promise that Joy and Gladness will be found in her again, along with the sounds of thanksgiving and singing. There is hope for the exiles! Today, perhaps God seems far away to you. Just as for the exiles back then, God promises good things for those who love Him. You can put your trust in Him.