September 3

Isaiah 35:4-7a

“then the lame shall leap like a deer, and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy. For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert;” vs. 6

Isaiah hadn’t been reading the latest reports on the long-term effects of climate change…he had something else on his mind. He knew that the people of Judah were frightened and discouraged…their enemies were very real and their country was on the verge of annihilation. To give them hope he told them that their Lord would come and rescue them and a new kingdom would be established. In this new age the deaf would hear and the blind would see…creation itself would be renewed and invigorated. Those were welcome words for an anxious people…and they’re meant for us too. We hear so many discouraging words…everything seems to be going to hell in a handbasket and few have anything positive to say about our uncertain future. Most futurists point to vicious storms, global turmoil, and economic collapse…and we don’t know which news is fake or real. But people of faith are grounded in hope…we refuse to lose heart and continue to believe that God’s promises are true, that one day there will be great reversals that will benefit the lowly and the downtrodden. One day this ugly business will be at an end and we will reap the blessings of God’s goodness. It may not happen in our lifetimes…but one day Isaiah’s vision will become reality.

Thought for the Day: What signs of hope am I seeing in our world?

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