Tuesday, Second Week of Advent
Isaiah 41:14-20 (NRSV)
Do not fear, you worm Jacob,
you insect Israel!
I will help you, says the Lord;
your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
Now, I will make of you a threshing sledge,
sharp, new, and having teeth;
you shall thresh the mountains and crush them,
and you shall make the hills like chaff.
You shall winnow them and the wind shall carry them away,
and the tempest shall scatter them.
Then you shall rejoice in the Lord;
in the Holy One of Israel you shall glory.
When the poor and needy seek water,
and there is none,
and their tongue is parched with thirst,
I the Lord will answer them,
I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,
and fountains in the midst of the valleys;
I will make the wilderness a pool of water,
and the dry land springs of water.
I will put in the wilderness the cedar,
the acacia, the myrtle, and the olive;
I will set in the desert the cypress,
the plane and the pine together,
so that all may see and know,
all may consider and understand,
that the hand of the Lord has done this,
the Holy One of Israel has created it.
Today we are reminded that God is a very present help in the time of trouble.
I love the imagery of God "opening rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; making the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water."
Isn't that miraculous?!
It reminds me that not matter what troubles may assail me during this CHRISTmas Season, God is with me. God will not forget me. God will open doors of opportunity to me. And God will work miracles on my behalf!
And the wonderful good news is that God not only does this for me, but he will do it for you too!
When I was a child I was taught, "God is no repecter of persons." This saying from the old folks meant, that if God does something for me, he can do it for you too!
As we wait with baited breath for the "coming" of Jesus in this Advent Season, let it be in peace, my friends. God is willing--and able--to attend to all of our troubles. Let us trust him!
Let us pray: Oh God, thank you that you bring water to dry lands. Please quench the thirsting of my soul this day. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
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