Isaiah 54:1–17 (NKJV)
54:1 “Sing, O barren,
You who have not borne!
Break forth into singing, and cry aloud,
You who have not labored with child!
For more are the children of the desolate
Than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD.
2 “Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.
3 For you shall expand to the right and to the left,
And your descendants will inherit the nations,
And make the desolate cities inhabited.
4 “Do not fear, for you will not be ashamed;
Neither be disgraced, for you will not be put to shame;
For you will forget the shame of your youth,
And will not remember the reproach of your widowhood anymore.
5 For your Maker is your husband,
The LORD of hosts is His name;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel;
He is called the God of the whole earth.
6 For the LORD has called you
Like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit,
Like a youthful wife when you were refused,”
Says your God.
7 “For a mere moment I have forsaken you,
But with great mercies I will gather you.
8 With a little wrath I hid My face from you for a moment;
But with everlasting kindness I will have mercy on you,”
Says the LORD, your Redeemer.
This opening passage of chapter 54 is a declaration of hope. God is promising that those barren (spiritually, physically, emotionally, etc.) will begin to bear and will outshine those who had more to begin with. He instructs His believers to enlarge their tents to make room for the blessings of God. Although they had been through a time of feeling forsaken by God, the kindness of God is about to be poured out in great measure.
9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to Me;
For as I have sworn
That the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth,
So have I sworn
That I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you.
10 For the mountains shall depart
And the hills be removed,
But My kindness shall not depart from you,
Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed,”
Says the LORD, who has mercy on you.
In this passage, the period of lack is compared to the waters of Noah. Just as they subsided, so will any period of lack or destruction if you serve and honor the Lord. The covenant of God is irrevocable, and will last even if the mountains and hills disappear.
11 “O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children shall be taught by the LORD,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
15 Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me.
Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake.
16 “Behold, I have created the blacksmith
Who blows the coals in the fire,
Who brings forth an instrument for his work;
And I have created the spoiler to destroy.
17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the LORD.
This last section of the chapter speaks of two things: restoration and protection. God promises to restore their land and their dwellings, and that they will be more beautiful and valuable than those they had before. He then uses the image of the blacksmith and the destroyer to describe how He will protect His people. The pivotal Scripture relating to God’s protection shows up in this section. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” Even those who verbally oppose the people of God will not succeed. And He calls upon His people to condemn their wicked enemies. Trust that God is looking out for you. Trust that God will restore you. While doing those things, though, do battle against the enemy in faith. Fight, have faith, and declare your victory!