A New Identity
You will no longer be called Deserted, and your land will not be called Desolate; instead, you will be called My Delight is in Her, and your land Married; for the LORD delights in you, and your land will be married.
Pay attention to the capitalized words in this verse. Each of them represents a name – something used to identify someone. Isaiah is speaking the word of God to Israel here, and God is referring to phases of identity or names for her. When Messiah comes, Israel will no longer be identified as “Deserted” or “Desolate.” She will be identified as “My Delight is in Her,” and she will be seen as “Married” to Him.
As widows, you have probably felt Deserted or Desolate and may have even answered to those identifying names when the Devil has called to you through them. I have good news for you today: Your Messiah has already come! In Christ, you have a new identity that proclaims to the world, “My Delight is in Her!” You have an inheritance in Him as His Bride, and your land is known as “Married!” Even a widow can rejoice in her married inheritance in Jesus Christ!
As a widow, you are not being punished. The LORD delights in you, and you are His. You are not Deserted or Desolate, but He will call you by a new name that He will announce. He will give you new identity in Christ! Seek Him, and find your new name – your calling and your purpose.
When those deserted or desolate feelings call to you, reject them by proclaiming out loud, “I am God’s Delight!” Jesus Christ has already come as the Messiah, and you are hidden in Him. Your land is “Married” to Him, and your identity is securely attached to Him. Your damaging emotions can define you only if you let them. Receive and boldly proclaim your identity in Christ, and relish the fact that His delight is in you!
Have a blessed day!