Hope In The Lord


September 5

Isaiah 33.2-6

Lord, be gracious to us;
    we long for you.
Be our strength every morning,
    our salvation in time of distress.
At the uproar of your army, the peoples flee;
    when you rise up, the nations scatter.
Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts;
    like a swarm of locusts people pounce on it.

The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high;
    he will fill Zion with his justice and righteousness.
He will be the sure foundation for your times,
    a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
    the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

Isaiah has given warnings to Israel to not go after the might of nations (Isaiah 31), but to trust in God.  Then there are several warning between these texts.  And here we have the people looking for hope from God.  Seeing his greatness over the nations.  Knowing that God will act in justice and righteousness.  Not a hope built on wealth, success or power.  A hope the is in God bringing salvation, wisdom and knowledge.

Where is our hope?  Yesterday someone spoke up about seeing that our hope is beyond just the moments of today.  That the desires of our hearts goes beyond the temporal wants or needs, but takes us to our being with God.  Our being with God that is right now.  Wanting to be close to God in our life today.  So that we can have that assurance we are held in his hands already.

Where is our hope?  Too often it lies in the things that are now, yet temporary.  Our hope is in the fact that we have enough saved up in the bank to cover us for a while.  It is in the fact that we have some certainty of work.  Hope is in the relationships we have with people.  We hope for things and in things and miss out on how we are to have our hope in the Lord and for the Lord.

As Paul writes to Timothy he puts hope right into his opening greeting:  “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the command of God our Saviour and of Christ Jesus our hope”.  Our hope is in our Saviour Jesus Christ.  Look to God for life today and hope for always. 

SongMy Lord, What a Morning

Prayer

Tender and compassionate God, you long to gather us in your arms as a hen gathers her chicks.  Draw us to yourself in love, surround us with your grace, and keep us in the shelter of your wings so that in our time of testing we may not fall away.  Amen.


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