No Longer Common in Scripture
“Never again will you be called [common] ‘The Forsaken City’ or ‘The Desolate Land’. Your new name will be ‘The City of God’s Delight’ and ‘The Bride of God’, for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as His bride. They will be called [no-longer-common] ‘The Holy People’ and ‘The People Redeemed by the Lord’. And Jerusalem will be known as ‘The Desirable Place’ and ‘The City No Longer Forsaken’.” (Isaiah 62:4, 12 NLT)
No Longer Common Today
Have you ever felt so hopeless, that kind of hopelessness that makes you feel like there’s no chance for a better life? Do you have a dark past and feel like you are forever scarred by everything that you have done or have happened to you? Do not fear.
God has so many wonderful plans for you and for your life; all you need to do is trust in His grace. Regardless of the darkness that surrounds you, He will give you light. No matter how much you have sinned, He will grant forgiveness. When people around you oppress you, He will give you justice.
This is how much the Lord loves us. Your past and present filled with doubt, fear, chaos, and restlessness is ‘The Forsaken City.’ But once you surrender yourself to the Lord, He will renew you and turn you into ‘The City of God’s Delight.’
Too often, we rely on how other people judge us and how other people have branded and scarred us. But true judgment will come from the Lord, and through His eyes, we are cleansed and made perfect in His love.
We thank You Lord for second chances and for your amazing and overwhelming grace. We may have been swallowed by the sins of the world, but we turn back to You now and wait for Your promise of renewal and salvation. In Jesus’ name.