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Isaiah 65:23 (NASB)

They will not labor in vain,
Or bear children for calamity;
For they are the offspring of those blessed by the Lord,
And their descendants with them.

Bible Commentary

Isaiah 65:23 is a Bible verse in the Old Testament where God is declaring what it’s like as He establishes the New Heavens and the New Earth.

There is much talk of Millennials, also known as Generation Y—those who were born from the early 80’s to the early 2000s. They have a much different view of the world than the generation before them, as the world around us has changed significantly in a short time period.


It is said and observed that they have a strong sense of community. This is evident by many in this generation who have launched their own businesses and built in a philanthropic component attached to product sales. Buy a pair of shoes, and a pair of shoes is given to someone in need.

Isaiah 65:23 They will not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity

This is a very admirable quality, which reveals compassion and the desire to make a difference in the world. 

We should also note that many Millennials have a different view of history and consequently current-day society, than those who came before them, because the educational system also significantly changed in just one generation.

Aside from the basics of reading, writing and simple math, what a Millennial learned (or didn’t learn) in school may be completely different than what their parents learned (or didn’t learn)...and I’m not referring to technology.

Unlocking the Truth - Purpose and Meaning

What we learn in school from teachers and textbooks, most likely we accept as fact, or truth. As we move forward in life, we use this as a basis or building block from which we form our opinions, beliefs and philosophies.

But unfortunately, what we learn in school may or may not be the truth.

The lines of black and white have been blurred into a fuzzy gray, and this has created a dividing line between parents and children, between the middle-aged and the youth.


When the lines of truth get distorted, it creates havoc. The devil wins, and we lose. The devil is the father of lies, and he has been very effective at distorting the truth to create division between people, and to keep people distracted and separated from companionship with God, our Heavenly Father.

As the Bible states, Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). No matter how much educational material, teachers and professors change, we must focus on the one constant, the One thing that doesn’t change, and that is Jehovah God (Hebrews 13:8).

He provided the Bible, His Word, as a constant source of truth. However, we only benefit from it when we read it. 

Let’s look at Isaiah 65:23, “They will not labor in vain, Or bear children for calamity; For they are the offspring of those blessed by the Lord, And their descendants with them. Isn’t this what all of us want—to know our lives and our work has purpose and meaning, that our children will grow up to make a difference in the world? The Millennials want it, and so do the rest of us.

There is no need to be divided in our view—we all have the same desire. And God promises clearly in Isaiah 65:23 that we can have that sense of purpose and meaning in Him.


The most critical thing to recognize is that purpose and meaning come from God alone—not education, work or a person (or people). Unless we are centered, or grounded on that truth, we toil in vain.

Jesus Chris is the way, the truth and the life. If you are searching for meaning and purpose in your life--your work, or your relationships, start with Christ. He is the only thing that can turn emptiness into fulfillment, uncertainty into skill, and insecurity into confidence.

His love, His Spirit is the only thing that can unite us as a people, clearing out the lies and differences between us, destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

Study the Bible verse of Isaiah 65:23, and seek Jesus Christ for the truth. He can and will enrich your whole life, and those around you. Let us recognize Him as God alone, as He unites all things and people together in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 1:10).



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