“A Vast Land” ( Isaiah 33: 22, HCSB ) by Carley Evans

“And none there will say, ‘I am sick.’ The people who dwell there will be forgiven their iniquity.” (Isaiah 33:24) “For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.”

 

“[Our] eyes will see the King in His beauty; [we] will see a vast land. [Our] minds will meditate on the past terror: ‘Where is the accountant? Where is the tribute collector? Where is the one who spied out our defenses?’ [We] will no longer see the barbarians, whose speech is difficult to comprehend — who stammer in a language that is not understood. Look at Zion, the city of our festival times, [Our] eyes will see Jerusalem, a peaceful pasture, a tent that does not wander; its tent pegs will not be pulled up nor will any of its cords be loosened. For the majestic One, our Lord, will be there, a place of rivers and broad streams where ships that are rowed will not go, and majestic vessels will not pass.” (Isaiah 33:17-21)

 

In His vast land, we will dwell. We will bring nothing to this land but ourselves. We will be presented to the Lord our God as vessels of His Holy Spirit, cleansed of all iniquity, of all imperfection — “holy and blameless in His sight.” We will be welcomed as the prodigal son was welcomed by his father — with the fattened calf and the wine of God’s love. And there will never again be sorrow or terror, tears or fears. Only joy awaits us.

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