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Isaiah 54:1-2 Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that didst not travail with child: for more are the children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith the Lord. Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes;

Do not base your expectation of the future on your past experience, expect more. When Isaiah 54 was written it was at the time that Israel was in captivity in Babylon. Up to that point what Israel had accomplished was far below their potential. As a result, the scripture referred to them as barren as they had not produced much fruit. Given their past, there was no basis on which they should expect a better future, but God promised that it would happen. In Isaiah 54:1, God told them in essence that more will be the children of the barren woman than they of the married wife. What God was saying to them was that in the future they would produce more than those who were previously deemed to be more fruitful than they were. How did that happen? Through the lineage of Abraham and Israel all nations of the earth were blessed with salvation: Israel that was previously spiritually barren, gave birth to many spiritual sons. A takeaway from that is that regardless of a past, God can do great things.

The central message that God was making to the Israelites was, despite your past expect more. In the process, he also taught them a very important lesson, that expecting more is more than just saying so. Take careful note that there were specific things that God asked them to do in Isaiah 54:2 to show evidence that they expected more. He started by saying, “enlarge the place of your tent”. What that meant was, plan for more. If you are expecting to have more children, it is only natural for you to plan to add more rooms to your house. God did not stop at “enlarge the place of your tent” because expecting more goes beyond planning to also include taking specific action. Because the Israelites primarily dwelt in tents, God gave them three (3) specific actions consistent with that. The actions were: stretch out the curtains of their tent further and support that by lengthening the cords and strengthening the stakes that held the tent together. To actualize the future that God has for you, you must expect more. 

Life Application: Show that you expect more  by making plans and taking specific actions aligned to the future that God has promised.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for not giving up on me. Thank you for having more in store for me despite my past. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Stacyan Rowe

I am an avid reader who enjoys exploring the world through words. I am a Christian, wife and mother to two amazing boys. I am an English teacher at the secondary level. I love writing and having meaningful discussions.

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