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True Victory Comforts Amidst Despair

“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem.” Isaiah 40:1, 2

The previous chapter tells how all the values of Isaiah’s preaching and praying had been thrown away by the foolish conceit of Hezekiah. As a result of the king’s display of all his treasures to the Babylonian ambassadors, Isaiah had to speak the sad words of prophecy: “All . . . shall be carried to Babylon: nothing shall be left.”

A lesser man than Isaiah would have given up in despair. All his life’s work seemed to lie in ruins. But the prophet’s ministry was based upon such a clear vision of the Lord of hosts that he was able to continue with the new task of comforting God’s people and pointing them on to restoration and recovery. Isaiah was a true overcomer.

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