“Four ‘songs’ in Isaiah are identified as Servant Songs since they point to the messianic Servant who will fulfill God’s plan of salvation for His people: 42:1–9; 49:1–13; 50:4–11; and 52:13–53:12. The first two describe the Lord’s equipping of the Servant for His task; the third and fourth point to the Messiah as the Suffering Servant who gives Himself for the people.” (Rev. Ken Behnken, A LONGER LOOK AT THE LESSONS). After the 3rd Servant Song Isaiah is looking ahead to comfort God’s people in exile in Babylon: “3 For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song.” When plans don’t go “according to plan”, we can feel like we are in exile and our hope can be at low tide. However, the LORD is always with us and so often a disappointment will lead us to a better path. Ultimately, the Lord knows what He is doing. Just a few verses later Isaiah reminds us that although this life is transient (temporary), God has plans for His people for eternity: “6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.”

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