We have been devastated but not forsaken
“Go through, go through the gates; prepare the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; Lift up a standard for the people.” – Isaiah 62:10
Wow! What powerful instructions for a nation such as ours in wake of the devastation of recent Hurricane Dorian! Did we expect it to be such, even though it was graded at Category 5? I don’t think so! But nature has been very harsh, not for the worst to come from us in our attitude overall, but to take all the letters of Dorian and pledge to excel through love and unity.
D is for deliverance. Deliverance from those things, deeds and actions that would devastate our God-given rights to be the best that God would have us to be.
O is for order. Lord, we pray that you would remove the destructive spirit of disorder in our lives, in our behavior, in our actions and very being.
R is for the righteous nation that we all must strive to be.
I is for impolite. Father, we have strayed far from being the kind, gracious, loving and forgiving people that we once were. We have become harsh, brash, offensive and yes, Lord, just plain rude. Take us back, Father, to the gentle spirit that we once possessed as a people.
A is for angry. Dear God, please, for the sake of your dear son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, remove the evil and cruel spirit of anger that we have allowed to enter our hearts. It has become epidemic and endemic and like an evasive cancer cell is destroying the love, friendship, brotherhood and truism of what true love is all about.
N is for noble. Help us to be a noble people so that righteousness will be our hallmark and exalt us to be a nation the world will take note of and follow the manner of our bearing!
This sixty-second chapter of the Book of Isaiah is very relevant for us as a nation, still reeling and rocking after Dorian!
I will speak out to encourage Jerusalem; I will not be silent until she is saved and her victory shines like a torch in the night. Jerusalem, the nations will see you victorious! All their kings will see your glory. You will be called by a new name; a name given by the Lord himself. You will be like a beautiful crown for the Lord.
On your walls, Jerusalem, I have placed sentries. They must never be silent day or night. They must remind the Lord of His promises and never let Him forget them. They must give Him no rest until He restores Jerusalem and makes it a city the whole world praises.
The Lord has made a solemn promise, and by His power, He will carry it out. Your grain will no longer be food for your enemies, and foreigners will no longer drink your wine. But you that planted and harvested the grain will eat the bread and praise the Lord. You that tended and gathered the grapes will drink the wine in the courts of the Temple.
People of Jerusalem, go out of the city and build a road for your returning people! Prepare a highway, clear it of stones! Put up a signal so that the nations can know that the Lord is announcing to all the earth: Tell the people of Jerusalem that the Lord is coming to save you, bringing with Him the people He has rescued.
You will be called “God’s Holy People”, “The People the Lord has saved”. Jerusalem will be called “The City That God Loves”, “The City That God Did Not Forsake”.
Are these not comforting words coming from the Prophet Isaiah for such a time as this? Yes, we have been devastated, but not forsaken. Dorian came to get rid of old ways and habits and we will arise and go forth as “a new standard for a new Bahamas”.