4Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt not be put to shame: for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more.
5For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
6For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
7For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
8In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
A lie has been perpetuated for Centuries and it stops now. There is no such thing as a single mother. Yes, millions of children are being raised in a home with only their mother but she is never alone. Unfortunately most of them don’t know it. I can say this with confidence because God created women always to be covered, first by our fathers and then by our husbands.
But what if there was never a father around? Isn’t the woman doing it alone? We are never alone and that is the confidence we must have. In the passage above, Isaiah is sharing God’s heart for Israel and he uses the analogy of women being abandoned. Because sex to God is the consummation of a marriage bond, there are millions of women who have literally been married and abandoned. But God’s promise to each and every one of them is that they have no need to be afraid, He won’t shame them and they will forget the shame of their youth.
No doubt about it, there is a chasm that is created between us and God when we sin and when we have sex outside of marriage, God is now looking for the man that made the vow to honor his commitment to honor you. But it doesn’t happen, because there as never any commitment beyond the act, the moment or season. God’s plan is to bless us through our husbands. But when they are not around, are we left to struggle on our own?
For the women this causes shame. It doesn’t matter that society says it is now acceptable to have sex without the ring, our very genetic makeup and design is to have a man choose us and then honor us with their commitment in the same way we honor them with our bodies. Your God and Father, says don’t hang your head in shame any longer. You belong to me. I have a made a lifelong commitment to cover you if you will only believe in my son Jesus. I will be the covering that is needed. I will be the husband that will not depart. I will be the father your children desire and I will be their teacher. Great will be their peace and you don’t have to worry about the world’s statistics that say they will not make it because they grew up in a single parent home. I am Jehovah Shammah, I am Here.
13And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. 14In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
God says, “In my book you sit in an honored place and I will establish you as my daughter in complete right standing (righteousness). You don’t have to fear the economy, men trying to take advantage of you because you are single. You don’t have to be afraid of anything. For terror isn’t going to live in your house. I live there with you and our children.” Isn’t that a wonderful peace to have today? For many who may fear the transition to be alone because of violence in your home or divorce or death, know that God is with you and He will not leave. He desires that you seek Him first and always obey. You may find this challenging at times because the world wants you to be in a panic over raising children and affording clothes, food and rent but don’t get into that at all. When you have a need, you seek their Heavenly Father first. When you have a need, you seek your Husband first. He has no desire for you to cut your share short because you want to feed the children. He is well aware that your hair needs to be relaxed/permed, your nails need to be done and you could use a new wardrobe. Every single care, He commands that we cast on Him (1 Peter 5:7).
17No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.
The verse above is the most well-known in this chapter but it makes more sense when you see it in the light of the other 16 verses. Prior to this verse, God says I am the one who makes the man that puts the metal in the fire. I know what it takes for something to be purified and I control how long this process takes. You don’t have to be afraid because the heat seems too much to bear. I will take you out at the right time. He closes by saying nothing that has been sent to destroy you will be successful. That man that thought he was taking from you and wanted to destroy you won’t succeed. I won’t let him. All the people who talk about you and how you should have never done this or that and the bad future your children are sure to have, since they have no father, don’t bother with it. I am going to let them be condemned by their own words. Why? Because they are talking about you My Daughter, your children are My Heritage. You have been made right by me and that won’t change because I am the Lord, and I change not.