Isaiah 54:7 (NASB)

For a brief moment I forsook you,
But with great compassion I will gather you.

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Bible Commentary

Isaiah 54:7 is a Bible verse from a beautiful chapter in the Old Testament where God is using the prophet, Isaiah, to proclaim comforting promises to the church.

There are times in our lives when we feel utterly hopeless, like God has forsaken us. Sometimes we feel fear looming over our heads like a dark shadow we can’t shake. The eye of the storm can be a very dark and lonely place, even if we know Christ as Saviour.


God says in Isaiah 54:7 that the darkness, or fear, is only for a brief moment. We may feel alone and suffer from deep despair, but He sees us and holds us in His hand (Isaiah 41:10), and gives us strength.

He says in Isaiah 54:7 that for a brief moment He forsook us. The word “forsook” in Hebrew means: loosen, relinquish, permit.

He permits us to relinquish, or let go, of His hand or His leadership over our lives. That is exactly what the children of Israel did many times over—they left Him and began worshipping other gods of the day.

Today, we also disregard God and follow after idols, which are so disguised that we don’t even realize we are chasing false gods


The darkness we encounter--the fear or storm—in our lives, is designed to draw our attention, or focus toward God, our Comforter, and our strength. We, the church, are like an unfaithful bride to our Husband. Just like the children of Israel back in Moses’ day, when we turned away from following Him, we broke His heart.

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