Monday, 1 June 2020
Isaiah 32:14-16 For the palace is forsaken, the populous city deserted ... until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest. Then justice will dwell in the wilderness, and righteousness abide in the fruitful field.
As cities are temporarily deserted and wild animals are roaming the streets usually thronged with people, we would do well to think about this picture that Isaiah paints. Even if people are eventually released from their current captivity and the wild animals flee back into the surrounding countryside the city will remain forsaken and deserted until we seek the Spirit of God to be poured out on us. The streets may be filled with people, business will appear to be normal, but the people will be as empty as the city without the Spirit of God.
We so badly need to see justice and righteousness, especially in the wilderness that our cities have become. We need our lives to start being fruitful instead of barren and desolate. We need to see the fields of mankind opened up to God's Spirit, to His justice and righteousness and to the Son of Man.
May it be soon and in our days!