Til Your Warfare is Accomplished

Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

The prophecy through Isaiah that a time would come when it would be announced that Israel’s time of waiting for Messiah was over was described as her warfare being accomplished. That’s King James English. Other translations render it “time of servitude,” “time of service,” or that Jerusalem had “served her sentence.”

It maybe sounds like “saw-baw” in Hebrew, and is part of the much-used name “Yahweh-Sabaoth,” the Commander of the Hosts of Heaven. It frequently implies an army that is standing, waiting, or preparing for its purpose.

You are being prepared. You are standing on days, waiting for your purpose to be revealed, or realized. Some days you are in a furnace of preparation, wondering if you will ever be done being transformed into what He sees as the perfected you. James advises you to let Patience have her perfect work in you, so that you can be perfect, and complete, and not lacking in anything (James 1:2-8).

Don’t be influenced by the people who would say “never pray for patience.” Those who avoid the preparation also miss the completion of their warfare. They miss something of the Prize for which the battles are fought.

Seek every fruit of His Spirit – every facet of His character – to make it yours. Ask for it; knock on every door and event behind which it hides; seek it as if your destiny depended on finding it. Til your warfare is accomplished.