Thursday, March 26, 2009

Midday Devotion: Isaiah 25:4

Create in us a clean heart, restore in us Your right spirit, shelter us in the shadow of Your wings, that we may be like You in all ways…

Grace, mercy, and peace from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen.

“For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall.”
Isaiah 25:4

The Lord, He is not far off, nor is far distant from the cries and the suffering of His people who longingly seek to be set free. A refugee it is He who offers shelter, it is He that offers a strength and guidance even amidst the trials and tribulation of this world.

The struggles, they, at time, seem a bit overwhelming, a bit overbearing, as if they seem to go on and on without any relief in sight. Perhaps we are even left to wonder where… where is God and His righteousness amidst this world? Where is His justice, that justice that we have been told to have faith and trust in?

Yet God is always faithful, He is always worthy of praise and there we can be assured through everything that happens, through everything that is going on He is there, He hears our prayers and He hears the cries of those who are held captive, those who are held hostage by the forces of wickedness in this world. There His judgment will not be far off nor shall He leave His lambs to the wolves unto a slaughter. He grants strength and offers peace and comfort throughout their ordeal, giving unto their spirits the power to overcome, the power to see their trials and their struggles and find His peace amidst it all.

Trust that the Lord is a refuge from the storm, that He shall give shade from the scorching heat of this world and distress it can cause. He does not fail nor does He forsake the oppressed and captive souls, He hears them, He sees them and, in His time, he frees them.

In that trust always uplift the hostages and the captives knowing that the miracles of God and the judgment of His righteousness are not far off, are not far distant but are at hand to give strength to those in distress. He is the God of the oppressed and He never abandons them, even when the struggle seems to be long and hard and even a bit overwhelming. He is always there to set free.

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