Who is this widow?
Her name is Israel. Indeed, she is beautiful. And yes, she has done any thing she could to betray her Husband. Those who say she deserves what she has been going through are right, in a certain sense. They just don’t really know her Husband. They don’t fully understand what a promise or a covenant are.
The nation of Israel today indeed looks like a forsaken woman who is grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife who has been refused (Isa. 54:6). Yet, God says that though for a mere moment He has forsaken us, with great mercies He will gather us. Though He hid His Face from us momentarily, with everlasting kindness He will have mercy on us. “This is like the waters of Noah to Me,” He says. “For as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed” (Isa. 54: 7-13).
Look at verse 13, “All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.” What a great comfort for a widow!
Israel is a widow, not because her Husband died, God forbid! She is a widow because spiritually, there is no one to manage her. Most Israelis do not believe in God, and those who do, claim that God is hiding His face from us. Most of the nations of the world trample Israel, and almost all the leaders of the world think they know better than her what she needs to do in order to exist. Some of us believe that all we deserve is to glean some wheat in foreign fields, so long as we have something to eat at the end of the day. That there is no chance we can achieve the rest and redemption we so desire.
Continue reading: Israel, a widow? – part 3