By Brooke Holt
“The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; the desert shall rejoice and blossom like the crocus; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God” (Isaiah 35:1-2).
In Isaiah 35, God speaks to his people about the everlasting joy that is coming. These first two verses give us a picture of transformation. This transformation comes through the Lord and our beholding his glory. This is the hope of our lives and our invitation throughout the season of Advent: come and behold the glory of the Lord. He is the covenant maker and the covenant keeper. Jesus has come and will come again as the perfect fulfillment of this covenant.
When Jesus returns to fully establish his kingdom, we will experience this glorious transformation described in Isaiah. All of creation will rejoice in the Lord, and that includes you. Everything that has hindered you from seeing and marveling in God’s glory will be gone.
Will you come today and seek that glory? Will you ask the Lord to search you, to know you, and to remove those obstacles even now? Finally, would you surrender to his Holy Spirit’s work of transformation in you today? Beholding God’s glory will change you from the inside out.
How are you beholding the glory of the Lord this Advent season and how is his glory transforming you? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
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