This world aches. It is just under the surface like poisonous words tickling your tongue all day long. It makes eyelids droop and knees wobble. All of creation groans (Romans 8). And the world turns and turns, looking for a Savior.
There is a voice that speaks hope into the world…there will be strength for the journey. There is hope for today and tomorrow. And He landed among us as a baby. Here is the audio version of Isaiah 35.
“Strengthen the feeble hands,
steady the knees that give way;
4 say to those with fearful hearts,
‘Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
he will come to save you.’
5 Then will the eyes of the blind be opened
and the ears of the deaf unstopped.
6 Then will the lame leap like a deer,
and the mute tongue shout for joy.
Water will gush forth in the wilderness
and streams in the desert.
7 The burning sand will become a pool,
the thirsty ground bubbling springs.
In the haunts where jackals once lay,
grass and reeds and papyrus will grow.”
What? How is Jesus this radical? He did heal the blind and deaf, but what vengeance did He bring? Vengeance on sin, on doubt, on fear. He showed how close God will step to us, and how close we can live with Him. You are invited to this dance of joy-filled life. Will you join?
God, I ache today. You gave strength and victory, but it was a hard battle and I am tired of the fighting. God, thank You for hope for a better tomorrow. Hope for a brighter world. Not in the leaders of shifting powers, not in changing economies. Hope in healing at the deepest heart level, starting with where You are at work in me. Thank You, God. You are faithful, and You are good. Please help me to see more where You are at work. Amen.