Have you ever made a mistake that you quickly regretted because of the disgrace and fallout it brought with friends or family? I know I definitely have. So did the people in Israel. They were living in the shadows of the disgrace and mistakes they made and had been banished as they waited on the promised land.
It’s so easy to fall into a rut of negative thoughts when disgrace is lurking. However, this verse isn’t focussing on the negatives but rather bringing hope, which is activated through the simple yet pivotal adverb ‘instead’. You could easily skip over it and miss it but it underpins the whole verse. Jesus gives us the promise that as followers of Him, He will give us an inheritance that we can rejoice in instead of our disgrace. From shame to everlasting joy. What a transformational change!
But what is the inheritance you might ask next? The people of Israel were waiting on the promised land which they perhaps thought would be their inheritance, but the inheritance that Isaiah is talking about is so much greater than that. It’s stating that we already have an inheritance waiting for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection; “an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,” (1 Peter 1:4). Now that’s worth rejoicing over! God is inviting us to take a front row seat in the Kingdom and let go of the disgrace and shame that’s clouding our present view and instead rejoice in what He has promised us to come.
Do you need to let go of any disgrace today that’s holding you back from taking a front row seat in the Kingdom? Spend time with God rejoicing in the inheritance that’s waiting for you.
We invite you to join us as we journey slowly and prayerfully through Isaiah 61 - line by line over forty days.