2 In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of the survivors in Israel. 3 Those who are left in Zion, who remain in Jerusalem, will be called holy, all who are recorded among the living in Jerusalem. 4 The Lord will wash away the filth of the women of Zion; he will cleanse the bloodstains from Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of fire. 5 Then the LORD will create over all of Mount Zion and over those who assemble there a cloud of smoke by day and a glow of flaming fire by night; over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 It will be a shelter and shade from the heat of the day, and a refuge and hiding place from the storm and rain.
Steadfastness: -adjective, 1. fixed in direction; steadily directed: a steadfast gaze. 2. firm in purpose, resolution, faith, attachment, etc., as a person: a steadfast friend. 3. unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence, etc. 4. firmly established, as an institution or a state of affairs. 5. firmly fixed in place or position.
Do you know someone who you would describe as steadfast? A rock who will not be moved by the trials of life that come buffeting at them from all directions? A person who has such a deeply rooted faith that nothing can shake the confidence that they have in their Savior?
This passage in Isaiah speaks to me about steadfastness. That those who remain unwavering will be rewarded. Isaiah tells us in verse 3 that those who remain and not run away will be called holy. Then God comes to wash the holy with water and fire. To clean away the dirt and burn away any impurities. He is preparing His bride (the believers) for His return.
He even promises to send His presence back. Just like when the Israelites were wandering through the desert heading to the Promised Land – they had a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night to guide them on their way. To show them when to move and when to stay and rest. And the pillar never left them, it remained as a visible sign to the people that God was with them, leading and guiding them. (Exodus 13:21-22)
But the promise goes a step further. The pillar isn’t just a guide anymore. We see in verse 6 that God promises that it will also be a shelter, a hiding place. He is going to establish His pillar as a steadfast refuge for those seeking shelter. God is steadfast – He never changes, He never leaves us, never forsakes. His love endures forever!