Isaiah 54:2 – « Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of your habitation; don’t hold back: lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. »
God gives to Jerusalem, bruised and humiliated, a powerful Word, full of hope, the total opposite of its present situation: « You who have no child, wake up, get up, leave your passivity. Make new plans, because your posterity is going to invade nations! » (a paraphrase of verse 3)
In the midst of these words full of hope, God slips these three words: « Don’t hold back » or: « do not slow down, do not restrain, do not refuse ».
We must admit that we are often this Jerusalem. When God calls us to experience something new, He challenges us; He wants to broaden our vision and take us beyond our limits, but our reaction is often to slow down.
Fear, doubt, and unbelief strike very quickly at the door of our thoughts: « Is this God speaking to me? Will I be able to do it? Will He be with me? Won’t I make a mistake? » Many other such lies arise to question the Word of God.
Because He knows what kind of nature we have, He tells us: « Do not hinder, do not oppose, do not bridle my work. »
God has provided in His Word all that we need to advance on His path with confidence. He is faithful (Ps 37:5), He guides us (Ps 32:8), protects us (Ps 5:12), gives us His strength and power (Ps 68:35) His peace (Jn 14:27). Even His Spirit dwells in us, and so is always there.
I would like to ask you to take the time now to ask God to put His light on these false thoughts that slow down your progress and to make a note of them. Then put them before the Lord and ask Him to reveal to you what His thoughts are. Once you receive God’s thoughts, write them down next to the lies. You will see the power of lies broken!
It is God’s will to see us grow, and to face and overcome new challenges, so that we may witness to His love, power, and glory.
He is the one who can do « by the power that works in us, infinitely beyond all that we ask or think ». (Eph 3:20). May this Word become our reality when God prompts us to go beyond our limits.