“My salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed”.
Isa 56:1 NIV
An old hymn used to have a line which read, “There’s a hush of expectation and a quiet in the air”. When the prophets of the Old Testament wrote their messages they usually conveyed the sense of “something is about to happen”. They lived with their ear close to the ground on spiritual matters and sensed when God was getting busy.
When Isaiah wrote these words many of the Israelites had returned to Jerusalem to discover that everything was not as wonderful as they had been led to anticipate. It gave rise to a sombre mood and a questioning as to just what God was about. The fulfilment of some of the promises made to them in Babylon was still being awaited. So there developed a feeling that God had done certain of the things he had promised but not all. They were waiting for the rest of God’s salvation work to happen. It was a kind of interim period that kept them guessing. But always God was likely to break in at any time and do mighty things.
A similar period happened in the New Testament after Jesus had ascended. The disciples and all the believers were expecting the imminent return of Christ in his glory and there was a sense that the future was likely to break in at any time. As the lapse of time increased, the expectation dimmed – or stretched out into a more distant future. We still live in that interim period between Christ’s first coming and his second. But always God is promising us his full and final salvation.
Be patient and keep waiting for God to act.
Lord, come with your full and free salvation now we pray.