The Bible within the Bible!
These verses are why many call the book of Isaiah "the Bible within the Bible." Not only does it have 66 chapters that can be divided thematically 39 and 27, just like the Bible, but most of the messages of Scripture can also be found in this one book. Here we have two verses that appear to come right out of the book of Revelation. But actually Isaiah wrote them first. In the midst of talking about earthly consequences coming upon the children of Israel and God moving the nations of the earth like chess pieces to perform His will, Isaiah has a large parenthetical statement about God's grace and our eternal hope.
Despite the valleys we go through in life, we cannot allow them to touch our eternal assurances. Today, we might be living in the dark recesses of a valley of consequences, discipline, suffering, or trial. Although very significant to our daily walk with God, they do not affect the eternal promises that we will one day be in Heaven where there are no more tears and no more suffering. Even today, as we live through the troubles of this life, we need to be absolutely certain of our eternal salvation. God is our Redeemer and Savior.
Today, close your eyes of sight and open your eyes of faith. Look past the valley you are living in to the Heavenly home God has prepared for you.
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