God Redeems Former Devastations – 4/5/20

Devin and Haley Limo

Isaiah 61:4 – “… They shall raise up the former devastations…”


God is and has always been the Redeemer, the Repairer, and the Reconciler. From beginning until end, His purposes always come to pass for the good of His people. In the context of this verse, we see a promise for the rebuilding of Israel. At the same time, we can glean hope for the future redemption of all those who would become children of God (John 1:12) and “grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree” (Romans 11:17).


Here are two simple thoughts from this verse: 

1. God continually rebuilds and renews our souls daily through the power of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 says, “He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit.” This is something to take comfort in. We are promised a “perfect peace” if we are continuously focused on and trusting in our righteous God (Isaiah 26:3).  

2. God will one day redeem this fallen world. We see in the Bible that His people have always experienced devastation and hardship. Since Genesis 3, God’s people have been continuously tested. The Israelites were enslaved, Christians suffer persecution, and generations past and present bear witness to wars, famine, and pandemics. We can take comfort in the fact that throughout the Bible we see the people of God constantly being redeemed. Their devastations have always been raised up. Today’s God is no different from yesterday’s. 

Prayer Points


  1. Give thanks to the Lord, for HE IS GOOD, for His steadfast love endures FOREVER (Psalm 136:1). 
  2. Pray that you would find joy in the simple things that are often taken for granted. 
  3. Pray that Citylight would continue to be the hands and feet of Christ to a city and world in need.