“Then you will know that I am the Lord. Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” ~Isaiah 49:23b NIV
This is the second have of verse 23, in which the Lord is talking about the restoration of Israel. Two important things stand out to me. First, this part of the verse starts with the word “then”. The meaning of this is preceded in the first half of this verse.
The complete verse reads as:
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”
I looked the verse up in the Reformation Study Bible to find an more clear understanding of the meaning, and that led to finding out about a promise the Lord had made back in Genesis to bless those who bless you but curse those who curse you. That you will find by reading Gen. 12:3:
“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Knowing this, verse 23 delivers on that promise and the commentary explains the meaning of Kings in the verse:
Kings. Nations that formerly oppressed Israel will serve Christ and His Church, the true Israel, and in doing so find salvation.
And hope comes because of the promise that is fulfilled. As the promised is fulfilled, it is realized that the fulfillment could only be made by the Lord…the One True Lord. Not by an idol or false prophet. The promise being delivered brings the hope and the deliverance of the promise that Israel could put all there hope in the Lord.
The deliverance of a promise shows us who is the Lord. We don’t have to question who He is…we know! It says we will know! And because of our faith in that promise, the Lord delivers and because the Lord is faithful, we will not be disappointed.
Now, it is very important to remember that this verse does not in anyway deliver a promise that we will NEVER experience disappointment! The verse states that by putting our hope in the Lord, He will deliver! We never need to wonder about that deliverance!
This weeks verse gives me comfort in waiting on the Lord. Because of that hope, I never have to wonder if the Lord will deliver on His promises. He will. He has said He will and the Lord is forever faithful.
Such comfort to hold within my heart.