“Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory” (Isaiah 9:1 NLT).


Isaiah is filled with words of judgment and destruction, yet it also overflows with future hope. Isaiah prophesied the overthrow of the Northern Kingdom, “the “land of Zebulun and Naphtali,” by the Assyrians. This prophesy concerning Israel came true during Isaiah’s lifetime. But the prophecy of the future “glory” that would fill the land of Galilee wouldn’t be fulfilled until 700 years later when Jesus of Nazareth walked the earth (Matt. 4:16). More Messianic prophecies are found in Isaiah than any other Old Testament book.
It’s appropriate to remember the tragedy that took place on September 11, 2001. Yet as Christ-followers we do not “grieve without hope” (1 These. 4:13). For the “time of darkness and despair will not go on forever.” Christ has come. Christ is coming again.
PRAYER: Dear Father, thank You that you are with us even in our times of darkness and despair. For You never leave nor forsake us. Thank You that we have the promise of Christ’s return and the gift of eternal life through Him. Strengthen us as we mourn with those who mourn and weep with those who weep. Yet lift us up with unsinkable hope even in the midst of such times in this world. For the light of Your glory already shines upon us. We cast all of our cares on You. In Jesus’ name, amen.